Belgium – 22.09.18 – memymom at Musée de la Photographie, Charleroi

Den Deugniet, 2013 (The Digital Decade) © memymom

Book launch and exhibition from 22.09.18 till 20.01.19! “We had an intense summer while working on our upcoming first ever solo museum show ‘memymom’ (Lisa De Boeck & Marilène Coolens) for the Musée de la Photographie in Charleroi in Belgium and we finished our first official book ‘memymom’ which will be published by Ludion, both unveil the essence and continuation of our mother-daughter collaboration since 1990 (28 years of memymom) and will be launched during the opening of the exhibition on 22 September 2018 (on view till 20 January 2019)” says Lisa De Boeck. 

The Misfit, 1996 (The Umbilical Vein) © memymom

Lisa De Boeck & Marilène Coolens memymom

Lisa De Boeck was five years old when her mother, Marilène Coolens, began photographing her. On the table, on the bed or hiding in between the curtains, her daughter becomes the sole actress of an improvised theatre. Disguised with make-up and wigs sometimes, she plays scenes from television series, movies or fairy tales under Marilène’s watchful eye.

Looking for Nicolas, 2012 (The Digital Decade) © memymom

This creative complicity titled The Umbilical Vein stretches from 1990 to 2003 and becomes their only analogue image archive.   What began as a spontaneous game that served as an intimate exhaust valve in the form of a family record, subsequently explores another dimension during the digital era.  Memymom , contracted from “me and my mom” is an artistic concept born in 2004 between the two self-taught photographers both living and working in Brussels: a mother (Marilène Coolens, 1953) and her daughter (Lisa De Boeck, 1985).

Escape from Vegas, 2017 (Somewhere Under The Rainbow) © memymom

Under the moniker of memymom , both decide to be in front and behind the camera.   From 2010 to 2015, their second chapter  The Digital Decade  bears witness of the desire to create semi-staged dreamscapes with a more readily symbolic content. This in places that lend themselves to the most diverse scenography or in settings emotionally charged for the two protagonists, such as the family home. Where sensuality has superseded innocence, the photographs now have a mirroring effect and deal with subjects such as memory, metamorphosis, personal identity and the bond between mother and daughter.

Gold Strike, 2017 (Somewhere Under The Rainbow) © memymom

In full creation of their third chapter Somewhere Under The Rainbow 2016-2018, this formula is supplemented with current themes. By deepening the themes of their works in international settings (Brussels, California), a complex but engaging series of portraits was made.  Like a movie that is condensed to a single frame but exudes the depth and meaning of a drawn-out story, transcending the relationship between these two women where family ties and creativity are fully intertwined.

Unlocking the Locket, 2017 (Somewhere Under The Rainbow) © memymom /  Instagram @museedelaphotographie



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