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Marie Tomanova

About Marie Tomanova

Born in former Czechoslovakia, Marie Tomanova grew up in a small border town in South Moravia. She received BFA in Studio Art from Masaryk University in 2007 and MFA in Painting from Faculty of Fine Arts at University of Technology, Czech Republic in 2010. After finishing her studies she left to United States and currently lives and works in NYC.

Since then her work has changed dramatically in approach, mediums, and themes. She has been dealing with issues of displacement, identity, inclusivity, gender, and sexuality through photography and video in her current two photo-based projects:  Self-portraits, in which she address the issue of displacement and finding place in the American landscape and Young American, which was released as a solo show at Czech Center New York (2018) and addresses issues of displacement, belonging and fitting into the American landscape in a social aspect.

Young American

John Berger wrote, 'To emigrate is always to dismantle the center of the world, and so to move into a lost, disoriented one of fragments.'

Like many others, emigrating to the United States has been the most significant decision in Marie Tomanova’s work. Displacement, place, community, memory and self became the key themes in her photography work, first in her Self-portraiture series and eventually in the Young American portraits which allowed her to see herself in the context of her new environment and find her place in the American landscape.

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Born in former Czechoslovakia, Marie Tomanova grew up in a small border town in South Moravia. She received BFA in Studio Art from Masaryk University in 2007 and MFA in Painting from Faculty of Fine Arts at University of Technology, Czech Republic in 2010. After finishing her studies she left to United States and currently lives and works in NYC.

Since then her work has changed dramatically in approach, mediums, and themes. She has been dealing with issues of displacement, identity, inclusivity, gender, and sexuality through photography and video in her current two photo-based projects:  Self-portraits, in which she address the issue of displacement and finding place in the American landscape and Young American, which was released as a solo show at Czech Center New York (2018) and addresses issues of displacement, belonging and fitting into the American landscape in a social aspect.

Young American

John Berger wrote, 'To emigrate is always to dismantle the center of the world, and so to move into a lost, disoriented one of fragments.'

Like many others, emigrating to the United States has been the most significant decision in Marie Tomanova’s work. Displacement, place, community, memory and self became the key themes in her photography work, first in her Self-portraiture series and eventually in the Young American portraits which allowed her to see herself in the context of her new environment and find her place in the American landscape.

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Young American is about the hope of youth, the power of youth, and about the connection between people—the profound humanness we all share. It reflects my vision, as an immigrant, of the freedom and identity of an “America” still rife with dreams and possibilities. It is my visualization of America that validates a sense of self not in terms of some idealized standard of gender, sexuality, or beauty, but as who we each are as unique individuals.

About the artist

Marie Tomanova was born in former Czechoslovakia and grew up in the small border town of Valtice in South Moravia. She has been dealing with issues of displacement, identity, inclusivity, gender, and sexuality through photography and video in her current two main projects: 'Self-portraits' in which she address the issue of displacement and finding place in the American landscape and 'Young American' which was released as a solo show at Czech Center New York (2018) and addresses issues of displacement, belonging and fitting into the American landscape in a social aspect.

Marie Tomanova

"It's really super fucking amazing and liberating to see that if somebody really dreams about something, even bigger than they dared to dream about - it can happen."

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