CCHA Cultuurcentrum | Hasselt, Belgium
Sep
22
to Nov 24

CCHA Cultuurcentrum | Hasselt, Belgium

We were invited by CCHA's Director Gerhard Verfaillie to exhibit our work at CCHA Cultuurcentrum Hasselt in Belgium, where we decided to extend our solo exhibition 'memymom' with some extra images and a new self-made video interview: ‘memymom on memymom, 2019', which can be seen entirely at the exhibition itself.

Underneath you can also find Hans Op de Beeck’s introduction on our work during the opening at CCHA. We are touched by having him visualise our universe through his eyes and his words and thus celebrate the beauty of it all.

The exhibition is on view till 24 November 2019 and can be visited from Tuesday to Friday 10am till 5pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 1pm till 5pm. Address: Kunstlaan 5, 3500 Hasselt, Belgium.

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The Visual Science of Art Conference | VSAC 2019 | Leuven, Belgium
Aug
21
to Aug 24

The Visual Science of Art Conference | VSAC 2019 | Leuven, Belgium

We were invited by Prof. Johan Wagemans (Psychology and Educational Sciences, KU Leuven) to take part in ART@VSAC for the 7th edition of The Visual Science of Art Conference that will be held in Leuven, Belgium from 21 till 24 August 2019.

We will be showing a carefully curated selection of works, where we will be connecting the dots throughout our three chapters. The exhibition will be on view at the BAC Atelier which can be FREELY visited on 22, 23 and 24 August from 2pm till 6pm.

In combination with this exhibition we will go in conversation together with Stéphane Symons (Philosophy, KU Leuven) during the Art-Science Dialogues, to explore the backstage of our work and share the stories, sensations and symbolism behind these images. This event can only be attended when registered for VSAC in its entirety and requires you to sign-up for this event specifically.

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Ragusa Foto Festival | Sicily, Italy
Jul
26
to Aug 26

Ragusa Foto Festival | Sicily, Italy

Meanwhile Ragusa Foto Festival is on view in Sicily, Italy. We are proud to be part of this festival, which is curated by the wonderful Steve Bisson (Urbanautica) and centred around the theme of Family in its broadest sense. We are part of the solo exhibitions that are on view at Palazo Cosentini, with a smaller selection from our solo exhibition 'memymom'

For the full program and details check out the website and some of the underneath features and press - The festival can be visited till 26 August 2019.
 

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Le Musée de la Photographie | Charleroi, Belgium
Sep
22
to Jan 20

Le Musée de la Photographie | Charleroi, Belgium

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Very proud to officially announce memymom's first solo museum show at Le Musée de la Photographie | The Museum of Photography in Charleroi - Belgium, opening 22 September 2018. Click here to get the Press Release. Our book 'memymom', published by Ludion, will also be launched during the opening. Both unveil the essence and evolution of collaboration as a mother-daughter artist duo since 1990 up till now.

Lisa De Boeck was five years old when her mother, Marilène Coolens, began photographing her. On the table, on the bed or hiding in between the curtains, her daughter becomes the sole actress of an improvised theatre. Disguised with make-up and wigs sometimes, she plays scenes from television series, movies or fairy tales under Marilène’s watchful eye. This creative complicity titled The Umbilical Vein stretches from 1990 to 2003 and becomes their only analogue image archive.

What began as a spontaneous game that served as an intimate exhaust valve in the form of a family record, subsequently explores another dimension during the digital era. Memymom, contracted from “me and my mom”, is an artistic concept born in 2004 between the two self-taught photographers both living and working in Brussels: a mother (Marilène Coolens, 1953) and her daughter (Lisa De Boeck, 1985). Under the moniker of memymom, both decide to be in front and behind the camera.

From 2010 to 2015, their second chapter The Digital Decade bears witness of the desire to create semi-staged dreamscapes with a more readily symbolic content. This in places that lend themselves to the most diverse scenography or in settings emotionally charged for the two protagonists, such as the family home. Where sensuality has superseded innocence, the photographs now have a mirroring effect and deal with subjects such as memory, metamorphosis, personal identity and the bond between mother and daughter.

In full creation of their third chapter Somewhere Under The Rainbow 2016-2018, this formula is supplemented with current themes. By deepening the themes of their works in international settings (Brussels, California), a complex but engaging series of portraits was made.  Like a movie that is condensed to a single frame but exudes the depth and meaning of a drawn-out story, transcending the relationship between these two women where family ties and creativity are fully intertwined.

 

With the support of Nikon BeLux and Milo-Profi Fotolabo

 

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