Mary Frey. (No Title) (1984-87), Real Life Dramas

06.06.-16.06.19 11:00–21:00

Mary Frey: Domestic Rituals / Real Life Dramas

Copenhagen Photo Festival presents in collaboration with Copenhagen Contemporary the American photographer Mary Frey (1948) as the main exhibition of 2019 in the category Framing Society. Here selected works from the series Domestic Rituals and Real Life Dramas will be exhibited from June 6-16.

The series Domestic Rituals is shot in Frey’s own neighborhood in Massachusetts in the years 1979-1984. It portrays everyday life with children, teenagers and adults in the American middle class. The photos are somewhere between snapshots and staged photography and are both intimate and distant at the same time. However, her following series Real Life Dramas appears documentary in both photos and text, but are in fact fully staged for the purpose of discussing photography as a witness of truth.

“Their appearance is meant to hover somewhere between reality and soap opera in order to question the “truth” of the camera’s vision” – Mary Frey.

In 1986, works from her series Real Life Dramas were a part of the exhibition New Photography 2 at MoMA in New York and again in the group show Pleasures and Terrors of Domestic Comfort in 1991 with names such as Sally Mann, Cindy Sherman and William Eggleston. Mary Frey received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1984 for her black and white-photographs in Domestic Rituals.
Both Domestic Rituals and Real Life Dramas are kindly loaned to us by Forum für Fotografie in Cologne. The exhibition is funded by Statens Kunstfond, Aage og Johanne Louis-Hansens Fond, Knud Højgaards Fond and Københavns Kommune.

A joint ticket of DKK 150 gives you the opportunity to see both Mary Frey’s exhibition as well as CC’s current exhibitions with Donna Huanca and Claudia Comte.

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