OUR PARENTS, OURSELVES
September 7, 2019—January 5, 2020
David Hilliard, Rock Bottom (DH176), 2008, C-print, 3 panels, each 24” x 20”; total size 24” x 60”, edition of 12. Courtesy of the artist and Carroll and Sons, Boston.
Photographers David Hilliard and Sage Sohier have each documented a parent over the course of decades. Since the 1990s, Hilliard has intermittently photographed his father, addressing intimacy, aging, father-son bonds, and masculinity. Sohier’s series Witness to Beauty documents her former fashion model mother, first in the 1990s, and then from the early 2000s to 2014. This body of work explores changing ideas of beauty and femininity across generations, maternal bonds, and self. Together these images tell stories of the physical and emotional transformations of the subjects and each artist’s parental ties.
Sage Sohier, Mum in her bathtub, Washington D.C., 2002, archival pigment print, 28” x 35” image on 35” x 42” paper, edition of 3. Courtesy of the artist.