Backstory: LaToya Ruby Frazier, Ron Jude and Guillaume Simoneau Jul 19 — Oct 6, 2013


  • LaToya Ruby Frazier, Grandma Ruby and Me, 2005
  • LaToya Ruby Frazier, Self Portrait in Gramps' Pajamas, 2009
  • Ron Jude, emmet, 1984; printed 2010
  • Ron Jude, emmet, 1984; printed 2010
  • Guillaume Simoneau, Caroline’s World by Joanna R., Rockport, Maine, 2000
  • Guillaume Simoneau, The More I Think Text,  2008

LaToya Ruby Frazier
Ron Jude
Guillaume Simoneau

The three artists featured in this exhibition -- LaToya Ruby Frazier, Ron Jude, and Guillaume Simoneau -- tell autobiographical stories by intertwining personal narrative with the social, political, and cultural conditions of place. Although they draw from their personal archives and backstories, their work is not entirely factual or diary-like.  Instead they make projects that provide both specific and universal commentary -- their individual histories becoming conduits for exploring collective experience.  They also probe the fleeting, ineffable nature of the past and present, as they investigate the capacity of photography to at once promote and destabilize our sense of individual identity. View or download the complete exhibition essay here.

Generous support for Backstory has been provided by David Knaus.

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