Marie Tomanová ‘s photos are exhibited at the Czech Center in Paris until January 12th 2023, as part of the PhotoSaintGermain itinerary.

Marie Tomanová

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After ten years in New York, Marie Tomanová visits her mother on the family farm where she grew up in the Czech Republic. Confronted with contradictory feelings of belonging and disbelonging, she returns to the framework and the values ​​that constituted her and from which she voluntarily distanced herself. World Between Us, the series she produced during this stay, is both the admission of an uncertainty and the affirmation of an identity: what do we recognize of ourselves in our place of origin, in the loved ones and objects, now as strange as they are familiar? What is the nature of our family ties which, despite divergent paths and choices, always bring us back to the source ?

Marie Tomanová

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This question is also the one raised by Nina Medioni in The Veil, work that she continues with a branch of her family living in an ultra-Orthodox community in Israel. Medioni draws on the roots she shares with her cousins ​​to establish a disturbing closeness. But the threshold she crosses to reach them remains a dividing line. With great delicacy, his photographs express the discrepancy between, on the one hand, withdrawal into oneself and obedience to the strict rules that guide the existence of the religious community and, on the other hand, the curiosity and freedom that president of his artistic project.
The titles of the two series reflect an ambiguous relationship between the familiar and the distant, intimacy and exposure. The strictly photographic question of visibility is essential here. With Tomanova, the self-portrait makes it possible to re-anchor oneself in a decor that has become foreign, while with Medioni, the non-representability of individuals, specific to members of the religious community, constitutes the sensitive point around which the photographer develops her visual language.


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