Melody Melamed
Photographer

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Melody Melamed received her BFA from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2008, with a concentration in Design|Media Arts, followed by her MFA in Photography, Video and Related Media in 2013, at the School of Visual Arts, New York City. As a photographer, Melamed has dedicated her time to exploring the perception of gender identity, sexuality, the duality of masculinity vs. femininity, and what the body cannot tell about the expression of gender and gender identity.

The Book of Skin: Shangri-la.

Shangri-la; a remote beautiful imaginary place where life approaches perfection: Utopia.
When we speak about euphoria, what do we seek? A sensation? A feeling in the body, in the mind? Perhaps both. How does our identity define our sense of euphoria, and what do our bodies, our skins tell us about who we are and how strong we stand within ourselves?
The skin and its body are akin to the eyes of the soul; and what if we considered the vast, awe inspiring nature that subtly mimics and mirrors the relationships between our bodies, our skins and itself? What can this nature teach us about ourselves, our identities, our nature – are we not just the same? Our queer bodies mimic and mirror natures perfectionism as a reminder to us: we are connected to and come from its core. Within natures ever evolving euphoria, we are called up to find our own. The dirt, the valleys and the trees expand perfectly into what they are meant to be, and seemingly without any mistakes. The seasons change, the mountains spread and the seas manoeuvre according to their nature. Despite change, these thrive, even within peril, it all survives. Aren’t we an extension of all its parts? We are made of the same soil and we expand and evolve into our own Shangri-la. Here, there are no mistakes. This is the
kind of euphoria where no matter who we are or how we are, we are affirmed, we are valid and true.

Melody Melamed
Photographer

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Melody Melamed received her BFA from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2008, with a concentration in Design|Media Arts, followed by her MFA in Photography, Video and Related Media in 2013, at the School of Visual Arts, New York City. As a photographer, Melamed has dedicated her time to exploring the perception of gender identity, sexuality, the duality of masculinity vs. femininity, and what the body cannot tell about the expression of gender and gender identity.

The Book of Skin: Shangri-la.

Shangri-la; a remote beautiful imaginary place where life approaches perfection: Utopia.
When we speak about euphoria, what do we seek? A sensation? A feeling in the body, in the mind? Perhaps both. How does our identity define our sense of euphoria, and what do our bodies, our skins tell us about who we are and how strong we stand within ourselves?
The skin and its body are akin to the eyes of the soul; and what if we considered the vast, awe inspiring nature that subtly mimics and mirrors the relationships between our bodies, our skins and itself? What can this nature teach us about ourselves, our identities, our nature – are we not just the same? Our queer bodies mimic and mirror natures perfectionism as a reminder to us: we are connected to and come from its core. Within natures ever evolving euphoria, we are called up to find our own. The dirt, the valleys and the trees expand perfectly into what they are meant to be, and seemingly without any mistakes. The seasons change, the mountains spread and the seas manoeuvre according to their nature. Despite change, these thrive, even within peril, it all survives. Aren’t we an extension of all its parts? We are made of the same soil and we expand and evolve into our own Shangri-la. Here, there are no mistakes. This is the
kind of euphoria where no matter who we are or how we are, we are affirmed, we are valid and true.

  • Five Easy Pieces
    Jan 31 – Mar 16, 2024
    Croy Nielsen
    Wien, Austria
    Time is sentient in Five Easy Pieces. Wrapped in their ardent and solemn thoughts these three artists say no more than is necessary. They speak a laconic visual language, for these inductive states are a feeling and a gesture marked by the implacable need to express the presence of a state of being, for a form cannot measure, nor words define the vastness of the ineffable. (more…)
  • Maria Sturm: You Don’t Look Native to Me
    Publication
    Void
    International
    In 2011, Maria Sturm began to photograph the lives of young people from the Lumbee Tribe around Pembroke, Robeson County, North Carolina. Through the process of documenting their lives, Sturm began to question her own understanding of what it means to be Native American. Her new book You Don’t Look Native to Me combines photographs with interviews and texts to preconceptions and show Native identity not as fixed, but evolving and redefining itself with each generation. (more…)
  • Miriam Bäckström: Consumer
    Jan 18 – Mar 24, 2024
    Kohta
    Helsinki, Finland
    Miriam Bäckström: Consumer in the larger gallery presents new sculptural tapestry work by the Swedish artist, who started showing internationally as a conceptual photographer in the late 1990s and is also known for her films, texts and collaborations with actors. For more than ten years Bäckström has been working with machine-woven images, realising a number of large-scale commissions for public spaces. (more…)
  • Tongues of Fire
    Feb 22 – May 5, 2024
    Kunsthall Trondheim
    Trondheim, Norway
    In response to our home building’s former life as a fire station, and Trondheim’s history as a city shaped by blazes whose traces are still present in its design today, this group exhibition brings together artists who have been deeply touched and transformed through the challenges manifest in the burnt and burning. Hailing from diverse generations and backgrounds, these individuals converge to explore how flames have served as agents of change across time and space. (more…)