One of the most significant artists of her generation, over the past two decades LaToya Ruby Frazier
has pursued a photographic practice that is driven by her desire to cast light on people, places and issues that usually remain invisible. Combining a documentary approach with personal experience, her work deals with social and environmental injustices, racial discrimination, inequality of access to healthcare and the way in which major economic dynamics condition and constrain lives.
Published to accompany her exhibition at Mudam Luxembourg
in 2019, this book includes works from three of Frazier’s major photographic series
exploring the relationship between individual lives and social, historical, political and economic issues: The Notion of Family (2001–14)
, On the Making of Steel Genesis: Sandra Gould Ford (2017)
and And From the Coaltips a Tree Will Rise (2016–17)
. They are accompanied by an essay by the contemporary art historian Elvan Zabunyan
and by an extensive interview with the artist conducted by Christophe Gallois
, the exhibition’s curator, and Claire Tenu
, a photographer and teacher.
This interview arose out of a public discussion held at the École supérieure d’art de Lorraine in Metz on 24 April 2019, part of the Rencontres du soir programme.