It being the holiday season and a time when many people take time out from their ordinary routines to spend time with their families and friends, the library has selected Immediate Family by Sally Mann for this week’s library pick, due not only to the subjects of many of her black and white photographs (her three children – all under the age of 10) but also because it brings up many issues surrounding making art and participating in family life. Is it possible to do both well or are they mutually exclusive? Mann makes it clear that they don’t have to be by making art a part of what it means to participate in a family. Still, either isn’t easy. We’re thinking about families this week in the library.
If you’re interested to find out how her children think about this body of work, participating in the work, and being the children of a famous artist, check out this video with Sally Mann and her children from the Art21 series: