Family Freak Show

Family Freak Show

The series of work Family Freak Show is a personal representation of family anecdotes and cultural stereotypes translated into photographs, drawings, and books. Ideas of beauty, ethnicity, and identity mix together in order to play a game that challenges the eye and the perception of truth depicted in family pictures. This spectacle of family deformities results primarily from my personal stories and fantasies combined with popular imagery. The reason to compare, imagine and present my family members as freaks comes from childhood experiences in which laughing and crying seem to be not very different from one another. The “freak” also addresses issues of perfection and beauty found in Western society depicted mainly by the fashion and mass media world.

Family Freak Show
Family Freak Show
Family Freak Show
Family Freak Show
Family Freak Show
Family Freak Show
Family Freak Show
Family Freak Show
Family Freak Show

This was my first solo exhibition, “Family Freak Show” at Clínica Regina, Centro Histórico, Mexico City.

Family Freak Show, Solo exhibition, invitation
Family Freak Show at Clínica Regina, Mexico City
Family Freak Show at Clínica Regina, Mexico City
Family Freak Show at Clínica Regina, Mexico City

To see more about my books, albums and journals click here

Family Freak Show at Clínica Regina, Mexico City
Family Freak Show at Clínica Regina, Mexico City
Family Freak Show at Clínica Regina, Mexico City
Family Freak Show at Clínica Regina, Mexico City
Cocolo Show at Clínica Regina, Mexico City

To see more about “Cocolo Show” click here

My grandma’s friends at Clínica Regina, Mexico City

To see more about “My grandma’s friends” click here

Family Freak Show at Clínica Regina, Mexico City
Family Freak Show at Clínica Regina, Mexico City
El Circo de Pulgas at Clínica Regina, Mexico
Family Freak Show at Clínica Regina, Mexico City
Family Freak Show at Clínica Regina, Mexico City
Mis tortugas en formol & Pócimas at Clínica Regina, Mexico
Libros a mis papás (Kanno) at Clínica Regina, Mexico
Libros a mis papás (Masafumi) at Clínica Regina, Mexico
Libros a mis papás (Molina) at Clínica Regina, Mexico

Along with artist Ilana Boltvinik and curator Daniela Lieja, I gave a talk about the project at Clínica Regina as part of the exhibition activities.

La Noche de los Freaks at Clínica Regina, Mexico City
Frida Cano, La Noche de los Freaks at Clínica Regina, Mexico
Ilana Boltvinik & Daniela Lieja, La Noche de los Freaks, Clínica Regina
Frida Cano, La Noche de los Freaks, Clínica Regina, Mexico
Frida Cano, La Noche de los Freaks, Clínica Regina, Mexico

Clínica Regina edited a full-colored catalogue with critical texts and a creative design.

To see a sample of the catalogue click FRIDA CANO_Family Freak Show catalogo.

Family Freak Show catalogue, by Clínica Regina, Mexico

To read a review about the exhibition by Ruy Feben, click here

Image from el.boletin, carbon4

Special thanks to:

Clínica Regina

Carbon4

Luna Córnea

My special (and freaky) family

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