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Cooperation, Collaboration and Censorship: Quotidian 1997-2009

Betsy Schneider

Saturday, March 08 - 9:00AM to 9:45AM
Holiday 6

In October of 2012 my work was censored from "The Kids Are All Right" a traveling exhibition of photo-based art dealing with contemporary notions of the family. The censored work was from my project Quotidian, in which every day for the first 11 and a half years of her life I made a photograph of my daughter Madeleine.

In many ways Quotidian was a family collaboration. To this day my then husband Frank says it was "our" project. At the beginning one of us would hold the baby and the other would take the photo. Every day he made sure I had remembered to take the photo. The camera traveled with Madeleine and our daily ritual was known by everyone in our life; relatives took the photo when she went to visit them, her friends spending the night would ask to step into the photo in the morning. It was, as Madeleine now says, just "something that we just did every day." The project ended when Frank and I separated. In the end the work became a political and highly personal diary of a family, revealing that art made of personal life can be far more risky and unpredictable than we think.

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