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Marie Claire RIP (2007)
Marie Claire RIP (2007) is a series of 12 images based on an article published by Marie Claire magazine in 2002, which featured police mug shots of a woman taken over a fourteen-year period. The article highlighted the harms of heroin use. Major restages the source material using herself as the subject.
This body of work has featured in International Exhibitions and Biennials across the world.
'1985 / read fiction' and '1985 /tried hard'
In part this piece was motivated by a desire to memorialise an unnamed person, a woman who had already died and had no control over the use of her own image. This woman is changing before our eyes and looking back at us, observing her demise. At once the projection space for my own addiction/annihilation fears, I also wanted her different, rewritten, destination unclear. In attempting to memorialise an unknowable woman I am perpetuating a fiction. In doing so my intention was to open up the narrative by inhabiting the space of the other.
While the piece challenges the veracity of the photographic portrait it also finds an authenticity in a notion of self-portraiture which involves acting. It is me and it isn’t her and yet it is her and it isn’t me at the same time.
Catherine Somzé writes of this work: “These 12 self-portraits in the guise of a staged index documenting the downfall of an unknown drug-addict constitute a reflection on the ideology of photography and on the cultural inscription of the female body.”
Marie Claire RIP has been exhibited at:
Tenderpixel Gallery, London 2012
Matt Roberts Gallery, London 2011 (Solo)
Salon Contemporary, London 2011
Helsinki City Art Museum, Finland 2009
Streetlevel Photoworks, Glasgow 2008 (Solo)
Minnesota Centre of Photography, USA 2008
Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, USA 2008
Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney 2007
Quayside Arts Centre, Toronto, Canada 2007
Heidelberg Kunstverein, Germany 2007
PDNB Gallery, Dallas USA 2007
Clampart Gallery, New York USA 2007
Bildmuseet Umea, Sweden 2007
Darmstadter Tage der Fotografie, Germany 2007
Thomas Kellner Studio, Siegen, Germany 2007
Lennox Contemporary Gallery, Toronto Canada 2006
Fotobild, Berlin 2006
'1988 / carried on' and '1989 / hear rain'