NAME: Rachelle Anayansi Mozman
STUDIO: 259 A Clifton Place
TIME IN BROOKLYN: Brooklyn native; Bedford Stuyvesant resident for 13 years.
SHARED STUDIO: No.
[Editors’ Note: This coming weekend, we’ll be touring Brooklyn for GO open studios, an event in which visitors vote on which artist they feel deserves an exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum. As a service to both ourselves and other readers, we’ve scoured the event’s pages for the most promising studios and then sent those artists an email with a few questions about their work. The following posts relay what they told us.]
Rachelle Mozman’s photographs often focus on familial and cultural tensions. Her most recent series poses her mother as a group of three characters, all who act out relationships in a fictional Latin American home. Mozman has a careful eye, and we think it shows potential.
Where are you from? What’s your background?
I grew up in New York City for the most part, but lived in Panama for several years. I have two nationalities: American/Panamanian.
Are you showing your work in galleries?
Yes, most recently at Catherine Edelman in Chicago.
Why are you participating in GO?
I am very interested in being part of the community of artists that live and work in Brooklyn. I really just want to open my studio and have friends and as well as people who are new to my work come in. I don’t believe too much in the competition aspect, but I like the idea of the open studio.
Recently, you’ve been a resident at Smack Mellon, The Camera Club, and elsewhere. What keeps you coming back to residencies?
I look for the support a residency offers, as well as the relationships and artist friendships that one can make. This is very important to me.
A lot of your projects are about your mom. Does your mom get that you’re an artist?
Yes, my mom gets I am an artist, but she doesn’t get why she is an interesting subject for me. When I show her the work, she laughs, so I know she is understanding something. That is how I get her to continue participating. She thinks the pictures are funny.