The Print Center is pleased to host the Philadelphia launch for an exciting new book, Marie Tomanova: Young American, which has already received international attention. Tomanova will be joined in conversation by the book's author Thomas Beachdel and Ksenia Nouril, our Jensen Bryan Curator. They will discuss the impetus for and execution of the project, as well as reflect on its meaning in our current political climate.
Marie Tomanova's debut monograph Young American celebrates an idea of an 'America' still rife with dreams and possibilities, hope and freedom. As a Czech immigrant struggling in a new environment to belong, to come to terms with her repressive past and her uncertain future, the portraits taken between 2015 and 2018 in New York City visualize an America in which individuality is valued as uniqueness and not judged as a lack of sameness.
- Thomas Beachdel, Art Historian, City University of New York, Hostos
Marie Tomanova (b. 1984, Czechoslovakia) immigrated to the U.S. in 2011. Her work addresses displacement, identity, inclusivity, gender and sexuality through photography and video. She has exhibited at A.I.R. Gallery, Czech Center New York, Museum of Sex, Untitled Space, all New York; Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA; Ars Gallery, Prague; and Museum of Modern Art, Tbilisi, Georgia. Her work has been featured in publications, including Artforum, Calvert Journal, Dazed, Der Spiegel, Forbes, i-D, Interview, Paper, Purple, Sleek, VICE and W Magazine.