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Since the release of Home Truths: Photography and Motherhood,
I have been writing more widely around the theme of motherhood and
representation. In October 2013 The Guardian asked me to comment
on images of breastfeeding and postpartum bodies. Following on
from this I focused on current celebrity culture for the Photoworks
Annual suggesting that motherhood has become a precious commodity
through which media profiles are serviced and maintained.
You can read it here (pdf).

I also wrote about Elinor Carucci's monograph Mother for TIME
LightBox
and talked about some of the ideas behind the process of
curating Home Truths for Photomonitor and TIME Lightbox.

Home Truths: Photography and Motherhood is published by
Art/ Books, The Photographers' Gallery, The Foundling Museum
and The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago.
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The Photographers’ Gallery, London (October 2013 - January 2014)
The Foundling Museum, London (October 2013 - January 2014)
The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago (MoCP)
(April 2014 - July 2014)

Home Truths: Photography and Motherhood aims to challenge
long-held stereotypes and sentimental views of motherhood
by addressing issues such as gender roles, domesticity, the body
and the identity of individuals within the family unit. Like photography
itself, the expectations and demands of motherhood are in flux;
both subject and medium grapple for new meanings. My hope is
that the work featured in these exhibitions and book will open up
debates about the continued representation and place of the
mother figure, while raising questions about the identity and display
of photography at this pivotal moment in which we find ourselves –
at a crossroads between the singular photographic object and
the sprawling nature of the networked image.

Artists featured: Janine Antoni, Elina Brotherus, Ana Casas Broda,
Elinor Carucci, Ann Fessler, Tierney Gearon, Fred Hüning,
Miyako Ishiuchi, Leigh Ledare, Annu Palakunnathu Matthew,
Hanna Putz and Katie Murray.