Preview | Marianna Rothen’s first solo London show

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Cowboy © Marianna Rothen  / courtesy Steven Kasher Gallery & The Little Black Gallery

The Little Black Gallery in Chelsea, London, presents a selection of cinematic-themed photographs by the artist this season

Shadows in Paradise is the title of Canadian-born artist Marianna Rothen’s solo exhibition at The Little Black Gallery, which opens tomorrow. The photographs from the show were made in two waves in Rothen’s home in upstate New York – at one point as the house was in an abandoned, ruined state, and later, once it had been intricately renovated.

In these works, the artist constructs characters referencing three classic films (Ingmar Bergman’s Persona, Robert Altman’s Three Women and David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive), with the photographs featuring both herself and her friends, muses and models.

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Mirror Mirror © Marianna Rothen  / courtesy Steven Kasher Gallery & The Little Black Gallery

These photographs tackle issues relating to identity, self idealism and illusion, with the series ‘exploring life after happiness, after you get everything you want but nothing is as planned. It asks what it means to be a woman among women in a world where men are banished yet lurking.’

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She © Marianna Rothen  / courtesy Steven Kasher Gallery & The Little Black Gallery

Rothen creates her work through a combination of analog and digital processes. She takes digital photos, then re-photographs the works onto Polaroid film, and digitally scans and prints them for exhibition, achieving an enduring quality.

Don’t miss this show if you’re in the UK; it’s only on for a month, and is sure to spark creativity for your own self-portraiture.

Shadows in Paradise is at The Little Black Gallery, London from 23 January until 24 February 2018.

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