Artist Blog

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Marina Berio – Family Matter

Jul 20, 2018 - Andre Viking

Family as Subject (2/3)


Next up is Marina Berio’s Family Matter. I love how the printing process strongly connects to the themes in her series. Every guy I know remember those playful moments they had with their fathers, full of various emotions and always testing each other’s limits and limitations. A beautiful observation captured by a mother.


“This is the series Family Matter: Over five years the artist photographed her husband and young son alternately play, tease, wrestle and rest. In this series of ‘family snapshots’, the ballet of limbs captures the growing and changing relationship between father and son, in a recurring cycle of playfulness, irritation, anger and love, that is observed by the mother-photographer who is also the third point of this family triangle.

In mingling her own blood with the photographic printing process Marina Berio signals the unique and authentic nature of the ‘blood ties’ that bind her not only the two wrestling males but to the ‘blood prints’ themselves, which by definition cannot be reproduced without her.

The prints are of a small format (25,5 x 25,5 cm) that emphasises their personal, intimate nature.”


If you happen to be in Paris, this series is currently being shown in dialogue with some of Marina’s drawings. Up until July 28 at Galerie Miranda, 21 rue du Château d’Eau 75010 Paris, France.