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Mother Line
On view through May 29, 2022
Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art
Reston, Virginia

Laurel Nakadate (American, b. 1975) creates work that examines contemporary modes of self-representation and identity formation. Exploring loneliness and relationships amongst strangers, her practice predates, yet foreshadows, the onslaught of social media platforms that pervade our everyday lives, including Instagram and Facebook, freelance marketplaces like fiverr and Upwork, and consumer genetic testing services such as 23andMe. “Mother Line” presents two series, Relations and The Kingdom, which result directly from the artist embracing such platforms.

[Image: Laurel Nakadate, The Kingdom #10, 2018. Image courtesy of the artist and Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects]