is an American photographer based in New York and a lecturer in photography at the University of Pennsylvania. Her photographs explore the photography’s relationship to truth and its outer surroundings. Diamond is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Artist in the Marketplace Program from the Bronx Museum in 2014 and the NYFA Fellowship Award for photography in 2013. Her works have also appeared in various publications both academically and commercially.
In this series ‘I Promise to Be a Good Mother’, Jamie Diamond assumes the role of subject and photographer and put on the mask of motherhood, dressing up in her mother’s clothes and interacting with Annabelle, a reborn doll. The project was inspired by and named after a diary I kept as a girl that documented the relationship with my own mother, written as a kind of rule sheet for later life. She started staging specific memories from her childhood, acting out recalled events and behaviors. Eventually the performance evolved into an exploration of the complexities surrounding the paradox of the mother/child relationship, investigating both its vernacular and art historical depictions, while mimicking and ignoring the traditional visual signifiers of motherhood. She’s interested in the fantasy of motherhood, the social structure of the relationship between mother and child, and the performance of inherited social and gender roles. Working in a variety of locations, both interiors and landscapes, she plays out these scenarios with Annabelle for the camera, isolating specific idyllic and contradictory moments.
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