Metamemory, 2007

Metamemory, 2007
Thu, 10/28/2021 – 18:04

Staged deep in a forest in eastern Poland, this photograph depicts a member of a fictional utopian cult in the process of “devolving” into a tree—rejecting Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution in favor of plant life. In the series Modern Life of the Soul, Melanie Bonajo and Kinga Kiełczyńska capture nature’s beauty and mystery at the same time as they satirize our tendency to romanticize it, particularly in relation to gender and nationalism.

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Metamemory, 2007

Melanie Bonajo
The Netherlands, b. 1978
Kinga Kiełczyńska
Poland, b. 1972
From the series Modern Life of the Soul, 2007
Dye coupler print
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, gift of the Sir Mark Fehrs Haukohl Photography Collection
© Melanie Bonajo and Kinga Kielczynska, digital image courtesy of the artists and AKINCI, Amsterdam

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