Memymom

Memymom

memymom is the confluence of the Belgian artist duo Marilène Coolens (1953) & Lisa De Boeck (1985), who are also mother and daughter. Both self-taught, the photographers live and work in Brussels and have formed an artistic team since 2004.
Within the artist collective memymom, there is a state of constant evolution in which the essence of the work always falls back on an intimate connection that gathers pure stories and shows an unbridled imagination. Over the years, their semi-staged dream portraits have developed into a mature conversation about metamorphosis, personal identity and the mother-daughter relationship, but their work has at the same time evolved into a plea for sensual analysis and tragic romance.
The resulting oeuvre – complex and multi-layered – is sometimes theatrical and dark, sometimes playful and light. Often intimate and personal; equally universal and topical. But always uncompromising.
The world of fiction ... in fact, frees us from the circumscriptions that society places upon feeling; one of the greatnesses of the art is that it allows both the [artist] and the [viewer] to respond to experience in ways not always available in day-to-day conduct; or, if they are available, they are not possible, or manageable, or legal, or advisable, or even necessary to the business of living. We may not even know that we have such a range of feelings and responses until we have come into contact with the work of fiction.’
— Philip Roth
The cross-generational project by these two self-taught photographers began with the series of photos entitled The Umbilical Vein, a reference to the analogue images made between 1990 and 2003. It’s an intimate archive of analogue family photos in which mother Marilène Coolens encourages her daughter Lisa De Boeck to express herself and to create her own improvised theatre scenes.
This was followed by The Digital Decade (2010 - 2015), where the work is no longer analogue. The images are created and edited digitally, and the focus is more on the interaction between the two women as characters and on motherhood as a theme.
From these series flowed Somewhere Under the Rainbow (2016 - 2021), with images that are even more multi- layered in terms of their iconography and content. There are also references to Marilene’s past and certain images are flashbacks to plots they developed at an earlier stage.

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No available piece at this time from Memymom .

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SOLO EXHIBITIONS (selection)
Le Botanique (Museum) | Home Game
May - August 2021 | Brussels, Belgium
CCHA Cultural Center Hasselt | memymom
September - November 2019 | Hasselt, Belgium
Galerie Claude Samuel | memymom
May 2019 | Paris, France
La Maison de la Photographie de Lille | memymom
March - April 2019 | Lille, France
Le Musée de la Photographie à Charleroi | memymom
September 2018 - January 2019 | Charleroi, Belgium
Loft22 Art Space | Under Constant Construction
January - March 2018 | Antwerp, Belgium
Schilt Publishing & Gallery | Reinventing Appearance
September - November 2017 | Amsterdam, Netherlands
De Schipperskapel | The Baby Blues
September 2014 | Bruges, Belgium
Flemish House of Culture 'de Brakke Grond' | The Umbilical Vein
September - November 2013 | Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Recyclart Art Center | La Petite Princesse
October - November 2012 | Brussels, Belgium
Croxhapox | The Escape
June - July 2012 | Ghent, Belgium
SECONDroom | The Nurse
June 2012 | Antwerp, Belgium
GROUP EXHIBITIONS (selection)
VSAC 2019 - The Visual Science of Art Conference | memymom
August 2019 | Leuven, Belgium
Ragusa Photo Festival | memymom
July - August 2019 | Ragusa, Italy
FIX Photo Festival
May 2016 | London, United Kingdom
Photo Kathmandu | The Umbilical Vein
November 2015 | Kathmandu, Nepal
Beursschouwburg | The Future
February - May 2015 | Brussels, Belgium
Broelmuseum | Occupied Emotions
February - March 2015 | Kortrijk, Belgium
Si Fest Photography Festival
June 2014 | Savignano San Rubicone, Italy
Copenhagen Photo Festival | The Censored Exhibition
June 2014 | Copenhagen, Denmark
Unseen Photo Fair | Unnatural Selection
September 2013 | Amsterdam, The Netherlands
AIR Antwerpen | OPEN AIR #6 - Maison Moderne
August - September 2013 | Antwerpen, Belgium
Watou Arts Festival | About the Love We Don't Understand
July - September 2013 | Watou, Belgium
Bilbao-Historiko | Experimentobio
October 2012 | Bilbao, Spain
C.A.R. Media Art Fair
June 2011 | Essen, Germany
Art Festival Ithaka
March 2011 | Leuven, Belgium
PUBLICATIONS
Home Game - memymom | Published by Le Botanique | May 2021
With texts by François Cheval, Geert Stadeus & Alice Zucca
ISBN 978-2-9602490-1-9
memymom - Lisa De Boeck & Marilène Coolens | Published by Ludion | September 2018
With texts by Xavier Canonne, Kurt Snoekx & Jo Couce
ISBN 978-94-9181-997-1

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