Mom and Dad with the Wedding Planner, 2008 © Gillian Laub
FAMILY MATTERS — GILLIAN LAUB (US)

Gillian Laub: Family Matters + Gunhild Enger: Prematur

Exhibited at Sukkerbiten 30.4. – 14.6.22

For the last two decades Gillian Laub has used her camera to document the emotional, psychological, and political landscape of her own New York family, exploring a growing discomfort with the many extravagances that have marked their lives. In confronting ideas of privilege and unity, she exposes the fault lines and vulnerabilities of herself and her relatives. These concerns became even more tangible when Gillian and her parents were revealed to be on opposing sides of the Trump nomination, perhaps the most divisive political campaign and subsequent presidency in recent U.S. history. With her project, Family Matters, Laub investigates the way in which fundamental cultural concerns are often evident in our most intimate relationships, while celebrating the resiliency and power of family in the face of such division.

Family Matters was published on Aperture in 2021, one of the world’s leading and most prestigious publishing houses for photography. The project has received extensive press coverage in the New York Times, Washington Post and Time Magazine, among others, and was recently shown at the International Centre of Photography i New York.  This is her first exhibition in Norway.

Family Matters is excerpted  from an exhibition originated at the International Center of Photography, New York.

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© Gunhild Enger

Oslo-based film director Gunhild Enger makes award-winning short films, depicting ordinary life through uncomfortable situations. Communication, or rather the lack of it, plays an essential role in establishing awkward and chaotic narratives, resulting in Enger’s universe of dark humour. In her short film Premature we follow Norwegian Martin and his pregnant Spanish girlfriend, Lucia, during their first 15 minutes on Norwegian soil, observing Lucia’s first encounter with this new culture and her in‐laws. It’s a car trip full of social tensions, expectations and misunderstandings.

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