The feeling of belonging somewhere with people who share that same feeling. People getting together, living together, sharing the same life because of political, ideological, or simply familial reasons. That is what this group show is about.
In A Natural Order, Lucas Foglia looks at individuals who live off the grid in the American South East — those who stepped away from the modern world to live in what looks like an ancient, almost defunct, yet paradisiacal world. Young women bathe together, a man feeds a child directly from a cow's udder, children dress like how we imagine children in the 1930s. Yet traces of modern life discretely appear at times, such as a chainsaw or a road intersection. Foglia's eyes are kind and elegant, and so are his pictures, recently published in a book by Nazraeli Press.
Nathanael Turner is a photographer from rural Upstate New York who is currently based in Los Angeles. His series of photographs The Family focuses on his parents and siblings. Is it important to know that several of his brothers and sisters were adopted? Yes, and no. The images are intriguing — a young man with a gun in a garden so beautifully lit it doesn't even look real, his father contemplating a sky-like ceiling. Turner makes strange yet exciting images about his relatives and the relationships he has with each of them.
Erika Larsen's Sami is about people living far away from the rest of the planet in lands so tough that only ice grows there. They are hunting together, living together, laughing together. As Larsen says, "they are of the past." And one can truly wonder how long can they keep on living like this? Indeed, the photographs are as beautiful as they are melancholic.
Morgan Ashcom's West of Meigsico shows a community of young people living in the anarchist skateboarding community on the western edge of Appalachia in Ohio. The 88-acre property Skatopia was founded by Brewce Martin, a 45 year-old skateboard pro. Young people in love playing with their dogs and their children, looking at the sky, building a skate ramp. Together, always.
Pauline Magnenat holds a BFA in Photography from Camberwell College of Arts in London. Her work has appeared in various publications and has been exhibited both in the UK and internationally. In April 2012, Various Publishing released her first book, Summer Lights. Pauline lives and works in Paris, France and is currently pursuing a series about amateur boxers.