Grace Is Like New Music
Mary Manning in conversation with Guy Robertson
Book Launch

11 April 2023, 6.30 pm 

Mary Manning, in conversation with curator and writer Guy Robertson, presents Grace Is Like New Music, a comprehensive monograph includes hundreds of images spanning the last decade of their photographic production.

Designed in collaboration with long-time friend Joe Gilmore, the book brings together a series of multi-photographic compositions depicting the creative community in New York, London and other cities. Using a basic point-and-shoot camera, Manning captures subjects and sensibilities inspired by their interests including dance, film, fashion and poetry. The book includes an essay by writer Olivia Laing and a contribution by S*an D. Henry-Smith.



The event will be held in English, on the auditorium roof.
Free entrance until capacity is reached.



MARY MANNING (Alton, Illinois, 1972) models a method of close looking in carefully arranged juxtapositions of 35mm analog prints. Taking familiar objects and scenes as their subject matter, Manning’s photos picture people, nature, the street, and everything in between. Conceptualizing “paying attention as a practice of being alive”, the artist insists on the importance and meaning of quiet moments and humdrum things. For Manning, photography is an exercise in recording and collecting — often prints are paired with saved mementos such as insect parts, a restaurant napkin, or a plastic bag. The works exemplify both photography and looking as acts of care, tenderly drawing our attention to modest but remarkable moments.