Aunt Midgie and Grandma Ruby


Silver gelatin print

44 x 50.8 cm (15 3/4 x 20 in.)

Precious family portraits immortalizing young women and a baby are on display on a night table. The feeling of having penetrated an intimate scene is enhanced by a number of daily life objects—a pair of glasses, a comb, jewels, and an ashtray with cigarette butts—, which become through the photograph a candid and moving still life.

The photograph Aunt Midgie and Grandma Ruby is part of LaToya Ruby Frazier's series The Notion of Family. A family and social chronicle spanning from 2001 to 2014 and intended to be, according to the artist, “a performative political event”, it mainly comprises portraits of women: her grandmother Ruby, her mother, her aunt whose picture is photographed here, and sometimes herself.

LaToya Ruby Frazier's gelatin silver print Aunt Midgie and Grandma Ruby was first presented by the Pinault Collection in the exhibition Dancing With Myself at the Museum Folkwang in Essen (2016).