Portraits, whether they are national, sexual, racial, personal or artistic, are a way to understand people(s) and subject matter. Portraits are one of the longest established genres in Art History and when they are: commissioned, personal, figurative, autobiographical, filmic, self, object, public, religious/philosophical, or diaries, they shed light not only on the content and artist, but also the time in which they’re made.
“The personal is political was coined in photographic theory in the 1980’s and it’s even more applicable today. Identity Politics are being playing out around the world. Belonging to certain groups is dangerous, and considered a threat morally, economically and politically. In our country, with the rise of surveillance, profiling, deportation, disallowed entry/travel, inequality and persecution, this too becomes a portrait; Of an era and a nation.”
Denise Froehlich, Director MMPA