LaToya Ruby Frazier, And From The Coaltips A Tree Will Rise
Outraged by the closure of Braddock’s only hospital in 2010 and by the following use of this “ghost town” as the setting for jeans commercial, LaToya Ruby Frazier became increasingly more activist and conjointly condemned the cynical abandon of her city by public powers and its opportunistic reconquest through the gentrification of its deserted neighborhoods. Internationally recognized today, the artist was the winner of the 2015 MacArthur Fellows Program. Last year, her residency at MAC’s gave her the opportunity, in Borinage, to pursue, through other industrial landscapes, stories of workers, and family memories, her critical inquiry on postindustrial society. The exhibition, which opens this week at MAC’s, is presenting the series And From The Coaltips A Tree Will Rise, the result of this residency, which will be discussed along with the older series dedicated to the industrial decline of her hometown (Braddock, in the Rust Belt region).
Latoya Ruby Frazier, And From The Coaltips A Tree Will Rise
Musée des Arts Contemporains (MAC’S)
February 19 through May 21, 2017
Site du Grand-Hornu
Rue Sainte-Louise, 82
Courtesy of: L’oeil De La Photographie