Gillian Laub ‘Family Matters’ photographs a family coming apart

Funny, poignant, troubled, and challenging, photographer Gillian Laub “Family Matters” exhibition shares the two decade-long documentation of her family’s emotional and political dramas, combining photographs and audio recordings full of telling psychological detail. Her deeply personal and unsettling images document high emotion, unexpected humor, and deep love. 

Gillian Laub “Family Matters” can be seen at The International Center of Photography (79 Essex Street, New York, NY 10002) from September 24, 2021 through January 10, 2022.

As it moves through time, Gillian Laub “Family Matters” becomes a microcosm of a deeply conflicted nation, as the artist and her parents find themselves on opposing sides of a sharp political divide—tearing at multigenerational family ties, and forcing everyone to ask what, in the end, really binds them together. An in-depth audio guide, voiced by Laub, shares family stories behind the images.

Gillian Laub “Family Matters” is curated by David Campany and coincides with the publication of a companion book by Aperture.

About Gillian Laub

Gillian Laub (b. 1975) is a photographer and filmmaker based in New York. She received a B.A. in comparative literature from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, before studying photography at the International Center of Photography. Laub has spent the last two decades investigating political conflicts, exploring family relationships, and challenging assumptions about cultural identity.

Her works include the book Testimony (Aperture, 2007) and the book and HBO film Southern Rites (2015). Laub received a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in 2019.

Her work is collected internationally and included in the public collections of the Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, Massachusetts; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, New Hampshire; International Center of Photography, New York; Jewish Museum, New York; and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, among other institutions. She continues to contribute to many publications, including The New York Times MagazineTIMEVanity Fair, and The New Yorker.

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