THIS FRIDAY OCTOBER 11, 2013, Fulbright Association Chicago Chapter board member Regina Mamou will be opening her photographic solo exhibit, Unfortunately, It Was Paradise.
The opening reception will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the City Gallery in the Historic Water Tower, 806 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611.
This solo exhibition, curated by DCASE showcases the latest photo work from Mamou. According to Karsten Lund, Curatorial Assistant at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago,“The series resembles a straightforward historical study at first, but it whittles away at its own self-assurances, giving way to a more open-ended investigation, an inquisitive tangle of ruminative questions. The photographs employ observational methods and an unembellished style like we’ve come to associate with documentary photography, but their primary aim isn’t to convey historical information. If it’s history we’re after, the past appears unexplained, unannotated, in need of deciphering.”
Lund continues, “Mamou approaches her subjects obliquely, interested more in the ambiguous overlay of past and present in these places, the aesthetics of the communities coded into the landscape, and the ways visual evidence requires interpretation. Her photographs are amalgams of what took place at these sites in the mid-19th century, what she found when she visited recently, and her subjective choices of what to record.”
Unfortunately, It Was Paradise will remain open until January 19, 2014.
Regina Mamou is a Chicago-based visual artist working at the intersection of photography, installation, and research practices. In 2009 she received a 15-month Fulbright Fellowship to Jordan to explore navigational methods and memory in Amman. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. Selected exhibitions include Makan Art Space in Amman, Jordan (2010); Action Field Kodra’s 11th Exhibition of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki, Greece (2011); and The Chicago Project online at Catherine Edelman Gallery (2012). Mamou holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design.
Please visit reginamamou.com for more information.
Regina Mamou is a 2012 Fulbright U.S. Student Program Alumni Ambassador and currently the Director of Academic Relations on the board of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association.