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