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28 September 2020

Czech-born, New York-based photographer Marie Tomanova explores community, self, memory, and displacement with her latest exhibition at the Czech Centre in Berlin.

Live for the Weather takes its name from a 2017 diaristic photo series by Tomanova about her life as a young woman in South Moravia. The show includes portraits of young people in both her native Czech Republic and her current base of New York, where she migrated after graduating with an Masters of Fine Arts in painting in 2011.

Tomanova’s portraits are direct and intimate, revealing the strong connection that the photographer builds with her models, whether on the city streets or in their homes.

“When I would go photograph [my models], I spend the majority of the session talking, and only shoot half of the time,” the photographer says. “I really love to hear people’s stories: where they’re from, what their dreams are, and what is important to them. That’s a big part of establishing intimacy. A lot of these people really opened up and let me in.”

The show is on until 14 November at the Czech Centre in Berlin.

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