“In Love and Struggle”: I review LaToya Ruby Frazier at the Brooklyn Museum

It’s a terrific show, closing THIS SUNDAY, so check it out if you’re in the area!

It’s the kind of Mother’s Day card you might give if you come from an especially unflinching family: A mother stands tall and imposing in front of the camera, facing it squarely and glaring at it. The daughter stands behind her mother–she’s slim enough that her body fits entirely behind her mom’s, as her face looks away and down. Their two shadows merge on the wall, creating one larger, indistinct shadow. The mother is fighting to protect the daughter, the daughter is willing to take shelter, and yet there’s that private look away from the camera, that looming shadow. A mother’s protection and a daughter’s acceptance won’t be enough. No one can protect a child completely, even when the child wants to be sheltered.

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