UNFORTUNATELY, IT WAS PARADISE BOOK PUBLICATION

Unfortunately, It Was Paradise book was published in conjunction with Regina Mamou's solo exhibition at Show + Tell Projects. Unfortunately, It Was Paradise is a project that explores the complexities of historical American utopias. Designed by Jacob Halpern and Jessica Kao, the book features essays by Meg Whiteford, John Murphy, and Karsten Lund. Unfortunately, It Was Paradise can be purchased at Show + Tell Projects and Moskowitz Bayse's 1st Annual Holiday Artists' Pop-Up! Shop.

Fog, that fragile solid, is the unnamed narrator of Regina Mamou’s series entitled "Unfortunately, It Was Paradise." The photographs in this body of work document landmarks from fallen Edens, historical sites found in the Midwest, that latitude of American wholesomeness and stopping-off point of a progression to westward individualism. Apropos to titles such as "LDS Temple, Twilight (Icarian Town Plat)," each of these emboldened communities was subsequently disbanded for reasons both amicable and not, their idealism, perhaps, aimed a little too high. Titles such as "Lustgarten" say it all, that as humans we are born from a longing, a lusting for pleasure, an abstraction that is never universal, and, therefore, can never unify us.

–Excerpt from Meg Whiteford's essay "Fog," 2016

Regina Mamou, "Unfortunately, It Was Paradise," 2016.

Regina Mamou, "Unfortunately, It Was Paradise," 2016.

REGINA MAMOU'S "ELECTRUM" ON CAN TV

Artist Regina Mamou discusses her exhibition, “Electrum,” a site-responsive installation currently on display at The Mission gallery. This program was recorded by Chicago Access Network Television (CAN TV). The video can be accessed on CAN TV and YouTube.

REGINA MAMOU IN CONVERSATION WITH JOHN MURPHY

On THE MISSION, Chicago, Illinois, will hold a gallery talk "with Regina Mamou and John Murphy, who will discuss Electrum, a site-responsive exhibition at the SUB-MISSION that scrutinizes the incorporation of pseudo-science into theological practices while disputing the Cartesian duality of the physical and spiritual enshrined in Western culture."

The gallery talk will be held on Thursday, December, 17, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. THE SUB-MISSION at THE MISSION is located at 1431 West Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60642.

Regina Mamou, "Electrum," 2015.

Regina Mamou, "Electrum," 2015.

SOLO EXHIBITION: ELECTRUM @ THE SUB-MISSION

"Electrum [is] a site-responsive installation by Regina Mamou that scrutinizes the incorporation of pseudo-science into theological practices while disputing the Cartesian duality of the physical and spiritual enshrined in Western culture. Mamou creates a space where spirituality may be located within the body by scientific means, thereby questioning the implications of quantifying the non-material self on an individual’s belief systems."

Mamou's solo exhibition Electrum is opening on Friday, November 6, 2015, and runs through December 19, 2015. THE SUB-MISSION at THE MISSION is located at 1431 West Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60642.

Regina Mamou, "Electrum," 2015.

Regina Mamou, "Electrum," 2015.

REVIEW: UNFORTUNATELY, IT WAS PARADISE IN CONTEMPORANEITY

Unfortunately, It Was Paradise was reviewed by John Murphy in volume 4 of the University of Pittsburgh's online journal Contemporaneity. Murphy, who is a PhD candidate in Art History at Northwestern University, describes the project Unfortunately, It Was Paradise as "seeing the unseen, the mystery—this comes close to the heart of Mamou’s project." Please click here to access the article.

Unfortunately, It Was Paradise was featured in a solo exhibition at the Historic Water Tower Gallery in Chicago, Illinois (October 2013–January 2014), and, was reviewed in Artforum.com, Newcity Art, and Culturehall.

Regina Mamou, "Site (Community Vineyard)," 2012.

Regina Mamou, "Site (Community Vineyard)," 2012.

INFRINGEMENT @ §üb∫amsøn projekte

 

"Participating artists: Zachary S. Allen, AnnieLaurie Erickson, Sean Foulkes, Andrew Hammerand, Regina Mamou, and Scott Patrick Wiener.

Infringement showcases contemporary work that challenges and subverts both a growing global surveillance state and a culture that increasingly views the world through the prism of technology—be it our devices or state-controlled satellite imagery. Asking that viewers begin to question how images are made, the artists of Infringement appropriate the mechanisms of surveillance and employ image manipulation for their own means. The result is an unsettling portrait of a post-Edward Snowden world, in which questions of personal privacy and the ever-present reality of surveillance are urgent.

Working in and against the genres of landscape, documentary, and street photography, as well as sculpture, the artists in Infringement participate in and simultaneously critique the methods of their investigation, while raising legal and moral questions about how we make and consume images today. Who—the artists ask—is allowed to look? And how? Where is the ever-elusive line of privacy being drawn and by whom?

Infringement offers an alternate vision of the world in which we live—a less than sanguine narrative, which yields lasting questions about our future and the way in which images operate within it.

This project was conceived by Zachary S. Allen and produced by Zachary S. Allen, Lucy Wood Baird, Sean Doherty, Brittany Marcoux, Loretta Park, Seymour Polatin, Joanna Sokolowska, and Morgen Van Vorst. Funding for this project has been generally provided by the Graduate Program at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Special thanks to Dina Deitsch."

The exhibition Infringement is opening on May 8, 2015, and runs through June 6, 2015. §üb∫amsøn projekte at Samsøn Projects is located at 450 Harrison Avenue &/@ 29 Thayer Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02118.

A HISTORY-SHAPED HOLE IN THE UNIVERSE @ CHICAGO ARTISTS’ COALITION

"A History-shaped Hole in the Universe tracks the schism between perception and reality, between expectation and outcome, hinting at the simultaneous loss and possibility entangled with this laden encounter. Featuring the work of Mara Baker, Hannah Barco, Nina Barnett, Cherith Lundin, Regina Mamou, and Adam Liam Rose, A History-shaped Hole embraces the rabbit hole, the chasm, the clearing, the void, the leap, the drop. It foregrounds the histories onto which each artist is tethered on the sojourn, individually and together: years of water washing up against rock, again and again; a strand of hair crushed into diamond; a formative experience forgotten, then remembered; a view seen everyday, seen anew. At the same time, marking the culmination of the artists’ yearlong HATCH Projects residency, the exhibition celebrates a parallel mode of working within each artists’ individual studio practice and throughout the shared experience of the residency program to tumble head first down the hole." —Curated by Jeannette Tremblay.

The group exhibition A History-shaped Hole in the Universe is opening on February 6, 2015, and runs through February 26, 2015. The Chicago Artists' Coalition is located at 217 North Carpenter Street, Chicago, Illinois 60607.

Regina Mamou, "Psychometrics," 2015.

Regina Mamou, "Psychometrics," 2015.

DOCUMENT @ WOMAN MADE GALLERY

"Document [is] a group show that explores the documentary impulse in contemporary art. Juried by Chicago-based independent curator Jessica Cochran, the works in Document take varied visual and conceptual approaches to the practice of 'documenting' something today – from works that record unseen activities through photography, video, new media or ephemera to installations that make visible the invisible elements of an environment." 

The group exhibition Document is opening on January 16, 2015, from 6 to 9 p.m. and runs through February 26, 2015. Woman Made Gallery is located at 685 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60642.

Regina Mamou, "As Within, So Without," 2015.

Regina Mamou, "As Within, So Without," 2015.