Curator Selection / 2020 / /
Glendora: Sing About Me
Glendora: Sing About Me is a documentary about poverty and memory.
Glendora, pop. 160, has become a memory desert. The transmission of individual and collective memories seems to have withered under duress.
Research on poverty trauma intensified by racial bias show that when brain capacity is used up on survival, there isn’t much bandwidth for anything else. Mississippi is the poorest state in the U.S. and one of its most racially inequitable.
There is no documentation of these communities looked over because of their social and economic status. This heritage will soon be lost to time.
Isabelle Armand worked with fashion photographers in her native Paris before permanently relocating to New York City in the 1980’s. In the years that followed, she continued to work with a variety of fashion photographers. At that time, she began to experiment with photography and to develop her skills as a photographer in her own right.
Eventually, Armand’s predilection for art drew her away from the fashion industry. She assumed the position of U.S. editor for the French magazine Connaissance des Arts, in whose pages her own photographic portraits of contemporary artists, such as James Turrell appeared.
After a productive stint as editor, Armand devoted herself to a full-time career in freelance photography. Concentrating on black-and-white film portraiture and documentaries, primarily in a 6 x 7 medium format, she created several ongoing photographic series, most notably one focusing on contemporary artists, and another portraying the residents of Harlem in New York City. Recently, Armand has been memorializing, in photographs, the story of two men in rural Mississippi, who endured wrongful conviction for crimes they did not commit and were subsequently exonerated.
Armand’s highly original works can be found not only in private collections, but also in museum collections, and have been exhibited in the United States. In addition, they have been featured both in national and international publications.
Awards FONDATION CUVELIER- Grant Recipient 2019 & 2020
PARIS PHOTO PRIZE 2018, Curator Selection, The State Of The World, Espace Beaurepaire, Paris, July 2018.
SHOEN FOUNDATION- Grant Recipient 2017
PX3 2015 - Honorable Mention - Category
Collections- Brooklyn Museum- Akron Art Museum- Portland Museum Of Art.
Private Collections in US, Great Britain and France
Press-Art In America- FStop Magazine-National Press Photographers Magazine.- The Economist- Connaissance des Arts- Vogue Brazil- Acne Paper- The Eye of Photography – Slate- Everyday Incarceration - Innocence Project News-Lifeforce Magazine- The Clarion-Ledger-Issue Magazine- Monovisions- The Daily Beast-The Intercept- The New York Times.
Publisher PowerHouse Books
Book Release March 27, 2018- "Levon and Kennedy: Mississippi Innocence Project" by Isabelle Armand