#126: Marie Tomanova - "Young American"

Marie Tomanova, born in former Czechoslovakia, Tomanova grew up in a small border town in South Moravia. She received BFA in Studio Art from Masaryk University in 2007 and MFA in Painting from Faculty of Fine Arts at University of Technology, Czech Republic in 2010. After finishing her studies she left to United States and currently lives and works in NYC.

Since then her work has changed dramatically in approach, mediums, and themes. She has been dealing with issues of displacement, identity, inclusivity, gender, and sexuality through photography and video in her current two main projects: photo-based Self-portraits, in which she address the issue of displacement and finding place in the American landscape and Young American, which was released as a solo show at Czech Center New York (2018) and addresses issues of displacement, belonging and fitting into the American landscape in a social aspect.

Paradigm Publishing will publish her first monograph Young American, with introduction by Ryan McGinley, in Spring 2019. A documentary following Marie’s journey is in making by Academy Award (student) winning director Marie Dvořáková and will be released in 2020. Young American will be exhibited at Academia Film Olomouc in April 2019 (Czech) and Pragovka Gallery in Prague in October 2019 (Czech).

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • How Marie met and started working with, photographer, Ryan McGinley

  • Her experiences living and growing up in Czechoslovakia

  • Her first experiences in an American grocery store and eating corn dogs for the first time

  • How Marie started studying painting in university before she found her love for photography years later

  • Her book, “Young American”

  • Photographer: Francesca Woodman

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