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Momme Portrait Series (Shadow)

LaToya Ruby Frazier

Photography

I found out in 2008 that both Grandma Ruby and Mom had cancer, as did many of the elder women in Braddock. Here, Mom and I explored a new approach to documenting our illnesses (mine being lupus). We stood our mattress on end and covered it with a comforter, essentially making it our studio/stage. We made a portrait of our bodies overlapping as one, unified in sickness, death, and our struggle to survive. The light cast a shadow that for me foreshadows the loss of Grandma Ruby; she passed away six months later from pancreatic cancer.

—LaToya Ruby Frazier

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MEDIUM Gelatin silver photograph
DATES 2008
DIMENSIONS sheet: 15 1/2 x 19 1/2 in. (39.4 x 49.5 cm) frame: 24 5/8 x 28 5/8 x 1 1/2 in. (62.5 x 72.7 x 3.8 cm) mount: 24 x 28 in. (61 x 71.1 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Photography
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 2011.63.2
EDITION Edition: 7/8
CREDIT LINE Emily Winthrop Miles Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT ©LaToya Ruby Frazier
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CAPTION LaToya Ruby Frazier (American, born 1982). Momme Portrait Series (Shadow), 2008. Gelatin silver photograph, sheet: 15 1/2 x 19 1/2 in. (39.4 x 49.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Emily Winthrop Miles Fund, 2011.63.2. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Image courtesy of the artist, CUR.2011.63.2_artist_photograph.jpg)
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