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Charlie Engman - MOM


Charlie Engman

Since 2009 Charlie Engman has photographed his mother. In the beginning, the only reason for this was her availability and willingness to meet his requirements to train his skills. But what began as a casual, organic process developed into an intense collaboration. In his book MOM we soon get to know her freckled complexion and her intense gaze, but the more we see of her, the less clear the image and her position in the pictures becomes. The result is neither a family album nor a childlike homage, but a much deeper and far more complex interaction – an interaction that raises questions about the limits of familiarity, the rules and boundaries of roles and representation, vulnerability and control, and what it means to look and be seen.⁠


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