Marianne Thomas, Melissa Ann Pinney, and Annu Palakunnathu Matthew
May 18 - September 3, 2004
|This exhibition brings together three separate but related photography exhibitions by contemporary photographers that each examine a unique women’s sub-culture. Melissa Ann Pinney presents compelling images of American girls and women from her recent monograph, “Regarding Emma.” Marianne Thomas documents the lives of contemporary women in Bali. Annu Palakunnathu Matthews’ series “Bollywood Satirized” presents large color murals that satirize Indian movie posters, popular culture and the melodrama of Indian life.
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© Marianne Thomas
Between Two Worlds
“My work focuses on the universality of the human spirit in all people of whatever cultural background. I’m searching for the commonalities between peoples and cultures, not the differences. And yet, cultures different from my own have provided me with my greatest inspiration, perhaps because I spent my formative years outside the United States. To meet new people, to marvel at the innumerable ways humans carry out even the simplest things: eating, playing, living, dying. It is the stuff of magic.” –Marianne Thomas ...MORE
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© Melissa Ann Pinney
|MELISSA ANN PINNEY
Regarding Emma: Photographs of American Women and Girls
“These photographs by Melissa Ann Pinney impart a sense of the special and sacred everyday rituals we take for granted. She appreciates at once the transient nature of what she finds and its gravity. Her pictures describe so well the wonder, and beauty, and centrality of the things we know best and the people we see often.” –Sandra S. Phillips, Curator of Photography, SF MoMA...MORE
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© Annu Palakunnathu Matthew
|ANNU PALAKUNNATHU MATTHEW
The digital portfolio, Bollywood Satirized, is a critical commentary on the societal expectations that Palakunnathu Matthew experienced as a woman growing up in India. To create this work, she started with Indian movie posters, a reflection of the popular culture and the melodrama of Indian life. The visual and aural presence of cinema in India is the result of the largest commercial film industry in the world that produces close to one thousand movies a year. Most of the film industry is concentrated in Bombay, which is also called "Bollywood"...MORE
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