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Playing for Keeps – Molly Matalon and Caroline Tompkins
Enlarge Your Memories (EYM) in partnership with Micamera is excited to present Playing for Keeps, a new photography exhibition by Molly Matalon and Caroline Tompkins.
This new show, curated by Jamie Allan Shaw, tells a contemporary woman’s viewpoint of romanticised Americana. With an all too familiar history of an older, male majority, photography that address’ the American landscape has a tendency to fall into the postcard era of automobiles, family values and the great outdoors. Now in 2019, our ideas about “How America Lives” have been expanded on by a wealth of cultural, political and artistic effort, thanks to the likes of Mad Men, Deana Lawson and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Molly Matalon (USA b.1991) holds a domestic gaze as she expands on the narrative of the housewife. What really happens behind closed doors? This is to be the antithesis of “Ladies home journal”. Portraits of home visitors, loaded still lifes and gazes from the windowsill, show us Matalon’s Americana, it is alluring and empowering, with a palpable sexual tension.
With an ode to Eggleston, Arbus and Outerbridge Jr, Matalon looks to subvert a traditional female position, and address the freedoms and power plays commonly associated with men both in this environment and within photography.
Caroline Tompkins (USA, b. 1992) provides the breath of the open road with one finger held high, free and fast, tall and brash, climbing the highest and getting too close to the fire, knees deep in the american landscape. With a wave to Stacy Kranitz and Maude Schuyler Clay, Tompkins allows us to denounce gendered stereotypes and shows us how girls can be girls. Tompkins work strives for a reclamation of the pseudo masculine american landscape and teaches our elders there is nothing to be frowned upon and there is not much that you should stay home for.
Together they embark on a image conversion that updates our romanticisms, filled with humour, powerplay, ownership and sexuality, attributes that more accurately define the contemporary American landscape.
opening on Wednesday, May 22nd at 7pm
exhibition May 23 – June 29
Molly Matalonis a photographer born and raised in South Florida. She received her BFA in photography from The School of Visual Arts in New York City. Her work deals with desire, idealization, and power dynamics, flexing a gaze that empowers and provides a rarely seen female photographic viewpoint. This sincere and personal language is carried through into her editorial work and can be seen in The New York Times, M Le Monde, Interview Magazine and Wallpaper*. She has had two monographs published by Vuu Studio, with an upcoming release with Palm* Studios. and has exhibited work with Vogue Italia and Webber Gallery, in The United States and internationally. Matalon currently lives and works in New York.
Originating from Ohio, Caroline Tompkins received a BFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, with her work featured on the BBC, Vogue and The New York Times. She has spent the last 5 years working as a photo editor for Bloomberg Businessweek and freelance photographer. Caroline’s photographs explore issues of female sexuality, localism, and the sincerity within them. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Enlarge Your Memories
Enlarge Your Memories (EYM) is a photography and fashion publishing platform started by art director and publisher Jamie Allan Shaw. The project provides opportunities for artists that circulate the worlds of fashion and photography to fully explore photographic ideas that step away from marketing and focus on the artistic experience. EYM publishes a large format magazine twice a year, curates exhibitions and collaborates on other site specific projects such as short films and workshops.
Jamie has published works by Philip Ellis and Yann Faucher, Matty Bovan and Ryan Skelton and presented a debut show with Webber Gallery in 2018. He is an associate lecturer for the documentary photography masters programme at Westminster in London, and works as a art director based between London and Milan.
Micamera is a photography bookstore and gallery based in Milan started and directed by Giulia Zorzi and Flavio Franzoni in 2003. With a particular flair for Italian and American photography, Micamera is dedicated to the dissemination, understanding and appreciation of photography and lens-based art.
Giulia Zorzi curates the gallery activities. She has invited and exhibited artists like Mark Steinmetz, Ed and Deanna Templeton, Todd Hido, Michael Wolf, Dana Lixenberg, Jason Fulford, Tamara Shopsin and Jessica Backhaus.
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