Jamie Diamond Artist Talk
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Jamie Diamond Artist Talk

Installation view:  Please Touch: Body Boundaries . Photo: John Berens.

Installation view: Please Touch: Body Boundaries. Photo: John Berens.

Please join former Mana Resident Jamie Diamond for a lecture on her latest work, presented in tandem with Please Touch: Body Boundaries. Diamond’s work is rooted in motherhood and other themes that resonate with the exhibition, including a particular focus on inherited social and gender expectations. A reception with the artist will follow.

Diamond examines the fictions that play a leading role in our everyday reality, using photography and staged intimacy as a vehicle to question existing gender expectations. She is interested in the intersection between fiction and representation—in deconstructing the photograph and challenging our perception. Through collaborations with strangers, mimes, professional actors, and untrained outsider artists, the artist uses recognizable photographic genres and roleplay to make objects, construct events, and forge artificial histories and relationships for the camera—exploring the inherent fictions and complex perspectives of photography, and the conflation between the documentary and constructed tableaux genres. Diamond’s work explores photography’s role in the construction of personal myth and the fabrication of memory, along with the disparity between image and reality.

Jamie Diamond is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. Diamond is a recipient of the artist in residence program at MASS MoCA and Skidmore College (2016), the NYFA Fellowship Award in Photography (2014), and was awarded artist-in-residence at the Bronx Museum of the Arts (2014), Mana Contemporary (2014), LMCC Swing Space (2013), and LMCC Work Space (2008–09). She was also awarded the Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship Award (2008). Her work has been featured in publications including the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Last magazine, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Vanity Fair, Hyperallergic, the Huffington Post, Lenscratch, Dummy magazine, Barron’s magazine, Phaidon, PBS Online, among others.

Diamond’s work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally, some of which include Galerie Frank Pages (Geneva), AJL Art (Berlin), MASS MoCA (North Adams), the Bronx Museum of the Arts (New York), and Catherine Edelman (Chicago). Diamond received her MFA from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008 and BA from the University of Wisconsin in 2005. Since 2009, Diamond has lectured in photography at the University of Pennsylvania and is currently the Undergraduate Photography Coordinator of UPenn’s Fine Art Department.