Photography is as important a part of
modern art as painting is, and in the MFA’s “(un)expected families” we’re thrown together into this giant family gathering. What really struck me though, were these three photos of families who are in cars together. There’s a migrant family here, there is a homeless family there, and in the big photograph there is a contemporary family. Julie Mack is the photographer.
She’s in the middle of the back seat. And, you know, the two families that are
destitute would probably give a lot to have the security that this family has. But if you take a closer look there’s also a real sense of uncertainty in their faces, and a sense of, you know,
“what does the future hold for us?” And it’s almost like reading a contemporary novel about suburban dread. And I don’t mean to pick on Julie Mack’s family. I mean, if you took a look at a photograph of my family from the 50s or 60s, it’d probably be a lot like that. Maybe yours too.