MEMYMOM - HOME GAME
Memymom is the collaboration between mother-daughter artist duo Marilène Coolens & Lisa De Boeck. Two self-taught photographers who work and live in Brussels, Belgium. The cross-generational project began with what the artist duo describes as The Umbilical Vein, a reference to the analogue image made between 1990 and 2003. An intimate archive of family photos in which Marilène encouraged Lisa to express herself and to invent her own improvised theatre sketches.
When27 May 2021 to 01 August 2021
Doors12:00 > 18:00
Awful Things, 2018 © memymom
The Brussels duo memymom uses attractive and colourful postmodern imagery to take a critical look at today’s world. With their carefully stripped down exhibition they brazenly formulate urgent questions about the world of tomorrow.
With Home Game, Botanique presents the first major retrospective of memymom in Brussels, the home city of mother and daughter duo, artists Marilène Coolens and Lisa De Boeck. The exhibition showcases more than 220 of memymom’s works from 1990 to date, making it a broader and entirely revisited continuation of their solo exhibition at the Musée de la Photographie in Charleroi (2018). It centres around the fascinating and important symbiosis between the two artists, both when conceiving and creating their works. Self-taught, they do almost everything themselves: photography, looking for sets and locations, casting, styling, lighting and post-editing – 4 hands working on one project.
New and never seen before
We’ve Seen Things, a work from 2018, is the highlight of the exhibition with which the duo invites visitors to share their take on recent developments in society and in the world that have left a major impression and to which many can relate. Like in Charleroi in 2018, Somewhere Under the Rainbow, The Digital Decade and The Umbilical Vein – the three ‘chapters’ shaping memymom’s artistic journey to date – are the thread running through the exhibition which presents many new photos which have never been seen before. Slowly but surely the very productive Brussels duo unveils what they have produced over the past thirty years.
Mysterious and complex
Each of memymom’s chapters is characterised by its own narrative and tone. More than contrast they offer an opportunity to look for links, references and reflections on the different walls, made all the more intriguing by the mystery that lies within each photograph and which isn’t always as readily revealed. Some references are very personal and can’t really be deciphered which makes their work complex and multi-layered although their desire for beauty continues to be a leitmotiv. This exhibition and catalogue illustrate how memymom – straight talking and uncompromising yet open to outside influence – continued to pursue the same compelling artistic narrative. Somewhere Under the Rainbow, with its undeniable darkness, shows how easily and energetically the duo managed to translate the intimate and personal quality of their early years into the universal and topical issues of today.