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Introducing: Fotographers in Focus, Featuring Tawny Chatmon
May 21 – June 03, 2020
tawny chatmon

Fotografiska recently opened a new museum in New York City in December 2019, but it is temporarily closed due to COVID-19. During this closure, the Swedish-based museum has launched Fotographers in Focus, a behind-the-lens project, where the photographers exhibiting at Fotografiska showcase a home video about their process, and what they have been working on during this pandemic.

The series launched with a video from one of the first photographers to exhibit their work in the museum - Tawny Chatmon, who's exhibition "Inheritance" is a celebration of the beauty of African American children and maternal and familial bonds. The Upper Marlboro, Maryland resident is a mother of three and she draws from her life experiences and belief that children inherit our memories, beliefs, traditions, and the world that we leave behind. 

While the camera is her primary tool of communication, Chatmon takes a multi-layered approach in producing her photographs and her process does not subscribe to conventional photography. Many critics say her use of gold and ornamentation in her work evokes feelings of grace, magnificence, and beauty within.

Fotografiska is the largest photography museum in the world and is an internationally renowned destination for photography, founded in Stockholm in 2010. The museum is now expanding globally – first to Tallinn, Estonia and now to New York City at 281 Park Avenue South. General admission is $28.
Fotographers (in) Focus: (Scroll down to the section on Chatmon to see additional information and to view a video. Also, see the link in the article.

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