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‘We search for our mothers in order to find ourselves. The black mother is the instrument and embodiment of history. My mother is “The Object of My Gaze”’ – Marcia Michael
In I Am Now You – Mother, Marcia Michael visualises the act of matrilineage through the body of her mother, Myrtle McKnight.
Michael uses photography and oral history to retrieve lost and reimagined narratives of her matrilineal ancestry, creating an intimate dialogue between mother and daughter in order visualise history from her mother’s memory.Read More
Marcia Michael (b. 1973) is a London-based artist. She dedicates her artistic practice to the wide and ever-changing parameters of the black family album, depicting black British life in a highly personal approach. I Am Now You – Mother continues her exploration of matrilineal lineage, a process she began with The Study of Kin in 2009.
Her work has been shown internationally, twice been selected for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, London, and recently featured in the journal MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora. She is currently studying for a practice-based PhD in photography at University of Arts London (UAL). Michael was the 2015 Artist in Residence at the Autograph ABP / Light Work residency in Syracuse, NY.
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Banner images: 1) Marcia Michael, I am now you – Mother,
from the series
The Object of My Gaze, 2015-2017. 2) Marcia Michael, Remembering You, Remembering Me, 2016, from the series
The Object of My Gaze, 2015-2017
Film still. 3 - 4) I Am Now You - Mother gallery installation at Autograph, London. Photograph: Zoe Maxwell.
Page images, from left: 1) Devotion - A Portrait of Loretta exhibition opening at Autograph, London. Photo: Zoe Maxwell. 2) Marcia Michael giving an artist talk at Autograph, London 2018.
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