On 30 May Ivorypress will present Lifeline, the first solo exhibition in Spain of American photographer Mariana Cook (New York, 1955) as a part of PHotoEspaña’s Festival Off. The exhibition features forty photographs selected from hundreds of images that Cook made between 1999 and 2015 as part of her Close at Hand series, for which she took one photograph every day of objects, forms, and light abstractions that moved her. Cook works exclusively with a medium-format camera using black-and-white film and prints the photographs herself.
While Cook is best known for her portraiture, the work on view represents her quiet contemplation of matter and essence. Of the photographs considered for this exhibition, many of them were made in the last ten days of the artist’s mother’s life. Strikingly, most of those images are also light abstractions. Cook explains, “Light is what inspires me to make photographs and that is what I live for. Light represents life.” Holding Hands is the only figurative image included in this exhibition; it was the last time the artist and her mother held hands.
Ivorypress has also published the book Lifeline that contains all the images in the exhibition with an introduction by the world-renowned poet Jorie Graham.
Lifeline will be open to the public until 15 July 2017.
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