Mari Mahr

Inventory of Ourselves and Other Works

Print Sales at The Photographers’ Gallery presents Inventory of Ourselves and Other Works by Mari Mahr. In her series Mahr combines photographs and drawings with assemblages of familial objects to construct visual narratives or evoke the atmosphere of a particular time or place.

Art Exhibition previously on at The Photographers' Gallery in City of London, United Kingdom.
From Thursday 09 January 2014 to Sunday 23 February 2014

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From images of communist Hungary and imagined scenes of 1920s America, to her most recent body of work which explores her relationship with her late husband, Mahr’s work addresses universal concerns providing viewers with insights into the personal and cultural influences in her life.

The exhibition will feature eighteen prints from the following six series:

In Inventory of Ourselves (2011-2013) Mahr photographed drawings of her late illustrator husband, Graham Percy, alongside personal objects from the couple’s life. The series acts as a form of dialogue between Mahr and her husband, meditating on their shared artistic relationship.

In Tales from a Within a Small Suitcase (2002)Mahr arranges dolls and toys, belonging to many generations of her family, inside her daughter’s old suitcase to depict traditional fables such as ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ and the ‘Three Little Pigs’.

The series Dreamers’ Birthday (1992) was created as a present to Mahr’s mother, two years following her death and in light of events in Eastern Europe. Throughout her life Mahr’s mother believed that Communism could work – the series reflects her ideal view of the world in which true equality for all could have been achieved.

In Presents for Susanna (1985), flowers, toys and masks are layered over an image of a friend’s daughter who is leaving for Brazil, the objects are presented to her as gifts through the photographs.

In Idle Times (1985) Mahr uses a silver votive figurine laid over various photographs to depict a sequence of events in which a man simply disappears by floating up into the sky. Tapping into Mahr’s personal fears – the series is based on tales of loved ones going out to the shops, never to return.

Georgia O’Keefe (1981) features staged and photographed miniature scenes inspired by the life of the American artist whom Mahr greatly admired. The vividly coloured images were created before Mahr had ever travelled to America and were inspired by the landscape she saw in Technicolor films.