These four billboards feature photographs from Charlie Engman’s ongoing series Mom. In this quasi-collaborative, long-standing project, Engman’s mother has stepped into the role of muse and mannequin donning makeup, stylized hair, high-fashion and ubiquitous clothing for his camera. Throughout the series we observe a middle-aged, middle-American woman engaging with the possibilities of dress, gesture, and identity. The photographs momentarily unfix her from static visualizations of motherhood and womanhood, while challenging the relationships between parent and child, photographer and subject.
Presented in conjunction with Charlie Engman’s exhibition Mom at Scrap Metal.