LaToya Ruby Frazier | the artist

The artist LaToya Ruby Frazier
Born 1982, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
Lives and works in New York, .

Style and technique of the artist: Greater New York, Photography,

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Ruby Frazier, LaToya’s grandmother, whose collection of memories is displayed shares the art space here today. Ruby, an attractive lady with a pleasant personality, at age 84, lived close by. Oftentimes with her grandson, J.C she walked by my home. We exchanged pleasant greetings. I missed seeing her for several months and learned from LaToya that she died in January. I am grateful to LaToya for inviting me to learn more about my friend, Ruby, the Lady with a memorable Past.” -- Victoria Hruska, 2009

For the past seven years, LaToya Ruby Frazier has photographed her family, with a particular focus on her relationship with her mother. The resulting photos and video works invert the givens of concerned photojournalism by representing family struggles from the inside out...

The collaboration between my family and myself blurs the line between self-portraiture and social document. Utilizing photography and video to navigate dynamics of the roles we play complicates the usual classifications of functional and dysfunctional families. Our work defines the lines between private and public space, emotion, reality, memory and human complexity.

With influences of documentary photography and direct cinema Frazier utilizes photography and video to produce work that intensely explores her family’s intergenerational lineage by defining the lines between private and public space, emotion, reality, memory and human complexity...