FAMILY CAR TROUBLE
October 9 – November 7, 2021
Opening: Friday, October 8 from 6.30pm
The exhibition Family Car Trouble opens at Micamera on Friday, October 8. For the occasion, Micamera will not only exhibit the works on the wall, but is planning a special set-up that will also cover the gallery windows and reach the street, where a Jimmy-like Volvo will be the star of the opening.
Family Car Trouble is an intimate narrative of family life encompassing images taken in the months leading up to the death of the author’s father in 2015. The protagonists are his wife and daughters – Townes and Maude – and an old 1993 Volvo 940 Turbo station wagon nicknamed Jimmy.
Powell’s work is about life and its progress, the intertwining of joy and illness. Jimmy follows, welcomes and accompanies the family until the death of the father and again afterwards, showing the fogged windows and finally, the two little girls sitting on the bonnet looking towards the horizon.
The book, published in 2019 by TBW Books, has been a great success with both critics and the public. Authors of the calibre of Alec Soth and Christian Patterson chose it as the best book of the year and today the first edition has entered the collector’s circuit, while the second one has been published since a few days and will be presented in world premiere by Micamera (pre-order here).
On October 9 and 10, right after the opening, Powell will be teaching a workshop at Micamera – info here
Gus Powell was born in New York City in 1974. In 2003 he was selected to be in PDNs 30 under 30 issue and also published his first monograph, The Company of Strangers (J&L Books). His work has been exhibited internationally, including a solo show at The Museum of The City of New York and group exhibitions at The Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Fine Arts Houston and FOAM, NL.
His work is included in the books Bystander: A World History of Street Photography and Street Photography Now. Powell’s second monograph, titled The Lonely Ones (J&L Books, 2015) was celebrated as one of the best photography books of the year, and was reprinted in Italy as a trilingual edition in 2017 by Lazy Dog / Mutty. Family Car Trouble (TBW Books, 2019 and 2021) is his third monograph.
His book Brooklyn Brief was published in its first edition by Roman Nvmerals in 2019