Botanique in Brussels is presenting the major retrospective exhibition Home Game by the Belgian artist duo memymom. memymom is the mother-daughter duo of Lisa De Boeck and Marilène Coolens, who first became known for their intimate family archive of analogue photos in which role-playing and staged mother-daughter scenes are central.
Over the years, their staged dreamy portraits have developed not only into a mature conversation about metamorphosis, personal identity and the mother-daughter relationship, but also into a plea for sensual analysis and tragic romance.
This is the first time that the duo’s home city of Brussels has been the location for a major retrospective of their work. With more than 220 works dating from 1990 to the present, Home Game not only shows an overview of earlier pieces, but also presents a lot of new and never-before-seen images.
The images depict a diverse group of protagonists playing different roles in memymom’s sensual and mysterious universe. Deeply marked by the political tendencies that threaten to increase injustice and repression, the duo’s more recent work calls for engagement and resistance. From a hunger for compassion, the new work speaks to the viewer on a very personal level. To this end, the duo creates contemporary archetypes within an idiosyncratic iconography.
Home Game runs from 27 May to 1 August 2021 at Botanique in Brussels.