MAMA is pleased to present, To Hide To Show, a group exhibition derived from a contemporary French social anthropological study entitled Montrer / Occulter, which loosely translates to the exhibition’s title. The artists chosen to represent the ideas and concepts behind this study, and its conclusions, experiment with the notion of concealing and revealing on a societal, intellectual and creative basis. These artists include Clara Balzary, Zoe Crosher, Ariana Papademetropoulos, Mattea Perrotta, Fay Ray, Lisa Solberg, and Johanna Tagada.

True to the study, the exhibition continues in the survey’s intentions to discover the motivations of what humans decide to reveal and what to keep hidden. Indeed, many philosophers, poets, and artists have explored this same sentiment. The conclusion – what we do alone and what we do in the eyes of others diers – but what drives the motivation behind whether or not to keep the secret or disclose the fact? Do these choices manifest in the invention of myth? And how much aect does the viewer have in creating this reality?

The concept of hiding and showing lends itself as a true analysis of the assembling and dissection of the human psyche, in a constant battle between order and sabotage, between how we present our true self to the world and how we feel about inner self – the dark ghost that is always haunting from within. To delve deeper, within this exhibition there are also traces of the psychological philosophy behind Carl Jung’s ‘Anima’ and ‘Animus’ theory, and the dualities behind our collective unconscious.

In To Hide To Show, the artists are interpreting these multi-dimensional, anthropological, psychological and metaphysical concepts using varying degrees of personal reflection, historical reference, visual language and controlled performance. To Hide To Show is the idea that concealment is to make something sacred and exposure of that sacredness is equal to degradation. To be revealed in this exhibition are the artist’s artifacts of what they hold sacred while at the same time what they choose to defile.


Installation View


Zoe Crosher  No. 1 - 46 from The Additive Dust Series (GUAM 1979) from The Disappearance of Michelle duBois, 2015  
Archival pigment print mounted on dibond  13.5 x 906.5 inches  Installation View


Zoe Crosher  No. 43 from The Additive Dust Series (GUAM 1979) from The Disappearance of Michelle duBois, 2015
Archival pigment print mounted on dibond  13.5 x 19.5 inches each


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Mattea Perrotta  Blue Velvet, 2015  Oil on canvas  38 x 62 inches


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Ariana Papademetropoulos  A Boy in a Room, 201 5  Oil on canvas  60 x 48 inches


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Fay Ray  Bromeliad, 2015  Polyvinyl acetate, sumi ink, and archival pigment prints  22 x 1 7 inches


Fay Ray  Stone Configuration, 2015  Polyvinyl acetate, sumi ink, and archival pigment prints  22 x 1 7 inches


Fay Ray  Stimulated House Plant, 2015  Polyvinyl acetate, sumi ink, and archival pigment prints  22 x 1 7 inches


Lisa Solberg  I C YR BEHIND, 2015  Mixed media on stainless steel  96 x 96 inches  Detail view


Lisa Solberg  Triple D, 2015  Mixed media on paper  29 x 28 inches  Installation view


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Clara Balzary  Anna-Lisa, 201 5  C-print  20 x 16 inches


Clara Balzary  Mossy, 201 5  C-print  20 x 16 inches


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Johanna Tagada  Litchis Alsaciens, 201 4  Oil paint on c-print  5 x 7 inches


Johanna Tagada  Mures Strasbourgeoises, 201 4  Oil paint on c-print  5 x 7 inches