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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Hagedorn Foundation Gallery gets personal

click to enlarge SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: Malick Sidibé's "Nuit de Noel"
  • SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: Malick Sidibé's "Nuit de Noel"

With LaToya Ruby Frazier’s solo exhibition The Notion of Family, Hagedorn Foundation Gallery introduces a major new talent to Atlanta. The show includes a dozen moderately sized black-and-white photographs and a single video for a riveting and ultimately satisfying experience.

The Notion of Family documents the photographer’s family life over the span of seven years. Frazier was raised by her grandparents near Pittsburgh, Penn., while her mother battled drug addiction and a long stint in prison. Frazier's relationship with her mother, fraught with alienation and mutual suspicion, forms The Notion of Family's emotional core. The two women collaborated on many of the photos, mother and daughter taking turns directing shots and composing images.

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(Photo by Malick Sidibé)

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