Mari Mahr has been nominated for “her unique way of creating pictures without the presence of people. Each picture is layered and firms a narrative, often pieces together in a series that tell a complete story. Her work is important in depicting, in the most gentle way, subjects that range from communism, the disappeared, the myriad ways of family life or redefining fairy tales.”
My muse all through my career, engaged in identity and dislocation, was my mother. The series I want to show here is part of a larger body of work entitled Between Ourselves. It was made in 1992 and dedicated to her.
The Dreamer’s Birthday was created as a present for my mother, a true humanitarian. The photos were made two years after her death and in the wake of the events in Eastern Europe.
Throughout her life she firmly believed that Communism could work. In an ideal world with no corruption, no nepotism, no greed or favouritism, her dream – true equality for all – could have been achieved.”
all images © Mari Mahr, 1992
Mari Mahr is a Hungarian-British photographer. Jean Seberg’s cub-journalist character in À Bout de Souffle inspired Mari to become a press photographer, which marked the start of her illustrious career.
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