Home Truths – The Exhibition now at MoCP Chicago

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Fred Hüning is taking part in Home Truths: Photography and Motherhood at
The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago (MoCP), Apr 18 – Jul 13, 2014

Home Truths: Photography and Motherhood aims to challenge long-held stereotypes and sentimental views of motherhood by addressing issues such as gender roles, domesticity, the body and the identity of individuals within the family unit. The work of the nine artists tends to be autobiographical in focus and sits within the documentary genre. Large in both scale and scope many of the projects span over several years with some still on-going. Home Truths is curated by Susan Bright.

Reflection – Aesthetical References

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From April 25-27, 2014, the 8th Darmstädter Tage der Fotografie will take place. My first video work “I can never get that photo back. It’s out there forever …” will be part of the festival.

It´s about Amanda Todd, a 15-year-old Canadian teenager whose suicide was attributed to cyber-bullying through the social networking website Facebook. On September 7, 2012, Todd posted a video on YouTube entitled My Story: Struggling, Bullying, suicide and self harm, in which she used a series of flash cards to tell of her experience of being blackmailed, bullied, and physically assaulted.

Of The Afternoon

Feature on British photography magazine Of The Afternoon, issue 4.

Of The Afternoon is distinguished by its unique design: the first half of the magazine is designed to share the work that we feature in one of our soon-to-be regular London exhibitions; the second half of the magazine features interviews with some of the most exciting names in contemporary photography at the moment.

Of The Afternoon asks questions, exploring the creativity, passion and hard work that exists behind every body of work.

Issue 4 featuring work from 30 of the photographers that were shown in our exhibition, plus interviews with Isabelle Wenzel, Lorenzo Vitturi, Christian Patterson, Peter Puklus, Fred Hüning, Glen Erler and Kazuyoshi Usio.

Home Truths – The Book

This is the catalogue to accompany the exhibitions at The Photographers’ Gallery and the companion show at the Foundling Museum.

Curated and edited by Susan Bright, it features work by Janine Antoni, Elina Brotherus, Elinor Carucci, Ana Casas Broda, Ann Fessler, Tierney Gearon, Fred Hüning, Miyako Ishiuchi, Leigh Ledare, Annu Palakunnatu Matthew, Katie Murray and Hanna Putz.

This publication has been arranged by Art Books Publishing in association with The Photographers’ Gallery, the Foundling Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago.

With support from Goethe-Institut, Chicago.

Home Truths
Edited by Susan Bright, contributions by Stephanie Chapman, Nick Johnstone, Simon Watney
Art Books Publishing, 2013
Hardcover, 176 pages
£ 24.99

The “Home Truths” Exhibition was reviewed by British Journal of Photography

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British Journal of Photography (10/2013):

“… Several of the artists in the show pay homage to the kinds of composition and iconography we are familiar with from art history. Elinor Carucci’s series, Mother, features a beautiful Madonna lactans; Ana Casas Broda a reclining Venus; Elina Brotherus works with the tradition of the Annunciation; and Fred Hüning’s Einer, Zwei and Drei, make handsome use of the fashions, configurations and palette of 17th century Dutch portraiture. With Hüning, though, things are more complex than they outwardly seem. Even as these images are so exquisite as to invite touch, they document a tragic event – the stillbirth of the couple’s first child and the intervening struggle before his wife discovers she is pregnant again. The final chapter completes the cycle, where the second child is now four years old. It’s about “happiness, bonding, togetherness and love”, says Hüning. For Bright, the work “is a rare glimpse into a family’s life and their relationship with photography in order to capture things that are not usually made public”.

Home Truths – The Exhibition

Fred Hüning is taking part in
Home Truths: Photography and Motherhood
The Photographers’ Gallery, London (October 2013–January 2014)
The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago (MoCP) (April 2014–July 2014)

Curator Susan Bright: Home Truths: Photography and Motherhood aims to challenge long-held stereotypes and sentimental views of motherhood by addressing issues such as gender roles, domesticity, the body and the identity of individuals within the family unit. Like photography itself, the expectations and demands of motherhood are in flux; both subject and medium grapple for new meanings. My hope is that the work featured in these exhibitions and book will open up debates about the continued representation and place of the mother figure, while raising questions about the identity and display of photography at this pivotal moment in which we find ourselves – at a crossroads between the singular photographic object and the sprawling nature of the networked image.

Artists featured: Janine Antoni, Elina Brotherus, Ana Casas Broda, Elinor Carucci, Ann Fessler, Tierney Gearon, Fred Hüning, Miyako Ishiuchi, Leigh Ledare, Annu Palakunnathu Matthew,
Hanna Putz and Katie Murray.