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MAMA presents the photo exhibition Muddguts Meets Homebase. The resemblance and contrast between the photography on the American photo blog Muddguts and the work by Dutch artists Boudewijn Bollman, Michelle-Aimée van Tongerloo and Kirsten Wilmink is the central theme of this exhibition.
Whereas in Muddguts' work the personal environments of the photographers and fringe figures of American society are emphasized, the Dutch photography shows a more investigative attitude. New and unknown worlds are recorded. Nevertheless, for both 'Muddguts' and 'Homebase' the focus is on the extraordinary phenomena of daily life. Ordinary situations including a humoristic undertone yield an exceptional, sometimes controversial view on reality.
Muddguts' snapshot like photography loves to omit logic and rejects the desire for progress. Titles are missing, curators Stefan Simikich (co-founder of Muddguts) and Mark Cross present themselves and other artists anonymously as part of the collective.
The Dutch artists in Muddguts Meets Homebase also take on the world with an unprejudiced and liberal point of view. This deviates from the more common, conceptual approach to contemporary photography. The work on show in Muddguts Meets Homebase is in line with the photographic tradition of predecessors like Ed van der Elsken or Joel Meyerowitz.
In Muddguts Meets Homebase additional attention is paid to two photographic publications. MAMA exclusively sells the American magazine Hamburger Eyes Photo Periodical. Especially for Muddguts Meets Homebase Boudewijn Bollmann creates a new edition of his photo magazine Twisted Streets in which, commissioned by MAMA, he casts his eye on Rotterdam.
Producers of the exhibition
The Muddguts part of the exhibition is compiled by Stefan Simikich and Marc Cross. Stefan Simikich is photographer and co-founder of the photo magazine Hamburger Eyes Photo Periodical. Mark Cross (aka mark mark mark aka cake) is artist and publisher of the Muddguts zine.
Homebase is produced by Karin de Wild in collaboration with Otto Snoek. Otto Snoek coaches Michelle-Aimée van Tongerloo during the preparatory stage of this exhibition.
For additional information on Muddguts Meets Homebase or visual material you may consult Alyssa Mahler (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Gerben Willers (email@example.com)/+31 10 233 2022 MAMA is financially supported by the Rotterdam Council and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.