LaToya Ruby Frazier, "Momme", from the series "The Notion of Family", 2008, silver gelatin print, 14 1/2 x 19 1/2"

LaToya Ruby Frazier, “Momme”, from the series “The Notion of Family”, 2008, silver gelatin print, 14 1/2 x 19 1/2″

LaToya Ruby Frazier

“The Notion of Family” is a collaborative development between my grandmother, my mother, and myself which blurs the line between self-portraiture and social document. Utilizing photography and video to navigate the dynamics of the roles we play complicates the usual classifications of functional and dysfunctional families. Our work defies the lines between private and public space, emotion, reality, memory, and human complexity. My work has a deep concern for the mother/daughter relationship. Mom is co-author, artist, photographer, and subject. Our relationship primarily exists through a process of making images together. I see beauty in all her imperfections and abuse. Her drug addiction is secondary to our psychological connection. When we are photographing one another we meditate on our difference and sameness. We are wrestling with internalized life experiences and perceptions of ourselves and familial personas developed by sociopolitical baggage.

LaToya Ruby Frazier was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 2004 she earned her BFA in Applied Media Arts at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and her MFA in Art Photography in 2007 from the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University. Her work has been shown at PS1 MOMA, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, Bronx Museum of the Arts, and Higher Pictures (all in New York City). Frazier’s first museum solo exhibition, Mother May I, was at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit in May 2010. She has previously worked as a Photo Editor for Newsweek and is currently the Associate Curator for the Mason Gross Galleries in the Department of Visual Arts at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, where she also teaches digital photography. She has been an artist-in-residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Art Omi, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and most recently at the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Study Program. Her work is represented by Higher Pictures (NYC).

LaToya Ruby Frazier was an artist-in-residence at CPW during 2008.

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