EXHIBITION: Being Inbetween by Carolyn Mendelsohn
28 March 2019
Member Carolyn Mendelsohn's series of images explores the transition between childhood and young adulthood will be exhibited at The Sugar Store Gallery in Cumbria. Two images from Carolyn's project featured in the AOP50 exhibition last year held at One Canada Square.
© Carolyn Mendelsohn. Maddison aged 11, "My ambition is to save many lives."
“Being Inbetween” is an acclaimed photographic series of portraits with recorded interviews of girls aged between ten and twelve, exploring the complex transition between childhood and young adulthood. Carolyn Mendelsohn has been working on the evolving work for over four years and it arises from her own memories of being this age and the desire to give voice and faces to the young women who inevitably must pass through these mysterious hinterlands on their journey towards adulthood.
The incorporated soundscape has been created by using some of the interviews and weaving them in and out of ambient sound edited and composed by Graham Coatman.
© Carolyn Mendelsohn. Caitlin aged 11, "I love my family! I hate it when people are mean to each other."
Zelda Cheatle, AOP50 curator, says of the series.
“I loved the curiosity and sincerity that Carolyn has shown towards this strange age, neither a child nor a teenager. Her portraits place them as individuals and she has given them a voice too. I was astonished by how composed she had made them, it’s a great skill to relax your sitter and show their best side. Instead of awkwardness, there is grace.”
© Carolyn Mendelsohn. Heavens aged 10 "I love being adventurous, creative and drawing. I hate being bossed around.
I would really love to be a doctor and I wish nobody died in the world."
“Beautifully produced and printed, slightly larger than life and hung at eye level, the individual gaze of each girl never averts, never looks away. These are girls journeying into adulthood, standing here at a precipice and on the point of no return. The portraits, with their quotes of aspirations for lives full of meaning, are full of hope.” Casey Orr.
Being Inbetween the book will be published later this year by Bluecoat Press and is being launched as a kickstarter in May.
© Carolyn Mendelsohn. Mabel aged 10 "I fear one day we will all be the same, that people will get an idea of how we should live, how we should act, and how we should look like and everyone will be afraid to be different."
Carolyn is the winner of the Royal Photographic Society International Photography Exhibition 159, and Portrait of Britain. She is based in Yorkshire and her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.
You can see more of the series on Instagram @being.inbetween
29 March - 1st June 2019
Sugar Store Gallery
Brewery Arts Centre