New photo series by Matt Henry
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Twin Palms is a satirical series of 30 images shot in Palm Springs, California by British photographer Matt Henry, and inspired by the shifts in gender relations of the late 1960s. The project focuses on the fictional town of Twin Palms whose young female inhabitants have been gripped by a ‘mass hysteria’ that threatens the town’s suburban patriarchy. The series features ‘time-capsule’ interiors unchanged since the mid-century period, and uncovered by extensive research by the artist.  

“Gender relations were evolving in this period,” claims Henry, “though you’d find few dominant, self-aware female characters of this sort represented in the male-dominated movie and television industries. It became interesting to me to transplant a more modern psyche back into this mid-century environment; to represent a spirit perhaps present but not yet fully realised.”

While viewing what seems like a primitive approach to gender and marriage might prove a source of amusement, claims Henry, it should also make us question how generations of the future might come to view current attitudes to gender. “Gender relations and the notion of gender itself are sources of conflict that are a long way from resolved,” claims Henry. “It’s a positive thought to consider that the concept of gender will evolve to the point that one day we might look back in mockery in just the same way.”
Twin Palms will be on show at Unseen Amsterdam from September 23-25 and at NRW-Forum in Düsseldorf from November 19 to January 15 2017

Matt Henry (b. 1978) grew up in North Wales and is now based in Brighton, England. His practice focuses on the politics and culture of America during the 1960s and 1970s; a subject Henry researched in his BA Politics (Univ. of Nottingham) and MA Photography (Univ. of Brighton). The works take the form of fictional scenes staged across set-builds and dressed locations in the UK and USA. He is represented in London by Michael Hoppen Gallery, in Amsterdam by Flatland Gallery, and in Paris by Polka Galerie. 

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