new-york

Muzi Quawson

Yossi Milo Gallery

From the recent blockbusters Knocked Up and Juno to the media hounding of Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise, America seems to be in the grip of a strange obsession with young mothers. Muzi Quawson’s first solo show in New York invoked this fascination through a voyeuristic look into the life of a twentysomething folk musician and mother, Amanda Jo Williams. In twelve large photographic light boxes, Quawson documents the daily lives of Williams and her twin toddlers, who reside in Woodstock, New York. But while the photographs are effective depictions of domestic motherhood, Quawson’s work is more valuable for its convincing—if romantic—meditation on the recent past.

Quawson, a 2006 graduate of London’s Royal College of Art, met Williams in 2002 and arranged several visits to photograph her over the next four years. The artist exhibited the resultant pictures as a slide show of more than two

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