Momme (Floral Comforter)


Silver gelatin print

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

The artist and her mother are facing the camera, standing still. No specific emotion is visible on their face. This neutrality added to their comfortable clothes, which are not meant to enhance their body shape, and the simple interior decoration candidly tells a story about filial intimacy. A generational mirror unites mother and daughter in the reflection of a bra strap that has casually slipped on the shoulder.

Part of The Notion of Family ambitious series made by LaToya Ruby Frazier between 2001 and 2014, the analog photograph Momme (Floral Comforter) echoes the humanist ideals of social documentary. Through portraits of her family, her community and herself, the artist represents the collective history, which is linked to deindustrialization, of her town, Braddock, located in the suburbs of Pittsburgh.

The photograph Momme (Flora Comforter) was first presented by the Pinault Collection in the exhibition Dancing With Myself at the Museum Folkwang in Essen (2016).