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EMOP 2020 : Marie Tomanova : Live for the Weather

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Be here now. Carpe Diem. Live for the Weather. Marie Tomanova’s 2020 Berlin exhibition, Live for the Weather, is inspired by her 2017 photographic series by the same name that brings together her diaristic photography of her life in Mikulov, Czech Republic. Shot almost daily with the only cell phone with a camera in her small town between 2005 and 2010, years before she would go to the United States in 2011 and turn to photography as her primary medium, Tomanova recorded moments and relationships out of this deeply personal and emotional photographic trace. Art historian Ksenia Nouril writes, “Live for the Weather embodies the carefree spirit of youth in the face of an uncertain future. Her lovers, friends, and family members mingle in this asynchronous narrative…of youth.”1 This complex and honest expression of being young, or just being, is also a pivotal aspect of Tomanova’s ongoing Young American portrait series (2015-). It is perhaps even better represented in her 2019-2020 portraits that capture the fleeting, in addition to establishing an empathic—human—connection, as seen in Isabel (East River) (2020), in...

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