The Jeu de Paume Museum in Paris, in collaboration with the Washington National Gallery of Art and the Peabody Essex Museum celebrates the work of the American artist with a significant exhibition, Mille et un passages (A Thousand Crossings). The exhibition is open from the 18th of June to the 22nd of September. The selection of photographs includes a lot of unreleased material and is organized in five thematic areas, mostly exploring the photographer’s relationship with her motherland.
Mann (born in 1951) is originally from Lexington, VA and investigates South American rural life all along the lifespan of her work, questioning herself on subjects such as family bonds, history, identity, race and religion. The artist is especially known for her photobook Immediate Family, published in 1992 which summoned a wave of controversy from the public due to a lack of comprehension of her way of depicting childhood.
In the early 2000s, Mann started to adopt the alternative process wet plate collodion, which soon became her signature. It contributes to the charm of a suspended time. The extensive body of images that will be shown at Jeu De Paume includes not only portraits, but also still life, landscapes and other studies.