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.

  • Bastardie
    Jun 7–30, 2024
    KADIST
    Paris, France
    How can speech practices that trouble official languages disrupt the established social order and open up other configurations? Do they have the potential to impact the way we look or act? Its title pays tribute to Alice Becker-ho, a linguist associated with the Situationist International, known for her interest in the lexicons of gypsies and Roma. (more…)
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    In Memoriam / 1987–2022
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    Publication
    MACK
    International
    The German dramatist Heiner Müller observed that German history lies as if smothered by a rheumatism blanket: beneath there is warmth and stagnation, just enough to give the impression all is well, while the peripheries are freezing. Georg Kussmann’s photographs in FRG were created under this metaphoric blanket. Made in the Federal Republic of Germany over a single summer, they depict everyday scenes of life, work, and leisure (more…)
  • Anne Imhof: Wish You Were Gay
    Jun 8 – Sep 22, 2024
    Kunsthaus Bregenz
    Bregenz, Austria
    Kunsthaus Bregenz is delighted to announce Wish You Were Gay, an exhibition by Anne Imhof. Spanning all four floors of KUB, Wish You Were Gay is simultaneously a personal survey and an all new body of work that reflects on and further develops a number of core elements that have constituted Imhof’s repertoire of artistic expression. Wish You Were Gay includes bas-reliefs, large scale oil paintings, sculptures, stage elements and stadium lighting, as well as new video works made of archival footage from her origins (more…)
  • Emma Portner
    DANCER / CHOREOGRAPHER
    Featured Profile
    Dance is my life. It has kept me alive. Performance is a natural extension of it and through it. I’ve made my most cherished human connections. The more I perform, the more I understand what it is to choreograph, and the more I choreograph, the more I understand the real value of performance. (more…)
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