Berlin 00:00:00 London 00:00:00 New York 00:00:00 Chicago 00:00:00 Los Angeles 00:00:00 Shanghai 00:00:00
members login here
Region
Country / State
City
Genre
Artist
Exhibition

EJ Major

Page 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | Biography | Information & News


Marie Claire RIP (2007)
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'
'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'
'1988 / carried on' and '1989 / hear rain'

Unit 32,
Regent Studios,
8 Andrews Road
E8 4QN
London
London
United Kingdom
Europe

T: 44 7971441602
F:
M: 44 7971441602
w: http://www.ejmajor.co.uk



Web Links
EJ Major - Shoulder to Shoulder
Roves and Roams Review by Anna McNay
Solo Show at Matt Roberts Gallery - Shoulder to Shoulder
EJ Major - Marie Claire RIP
Solo Show at Streetlevel Gallery as part of Glasgow International
PDNB Gallery Two Person Show
EJ Major - 'love is...'
Magenta Magazine on 'love is..' Interview
Another Magazine on 'love is...'
Rise Art Profile
SIGN UP FOR NEWSLETTERS
Follow on Twitter

Click on the map to search the directory

USA and Canada Central America South America Western Europe Eastern Europe Asia Australasia Middle East Africa
SIGN UP for ARTIST MEMBERSHIP SIGN UP for GALLERY MEMBERSHIP