On Motherhood

I recently launched a new project titled Motherhood ABC, exploring personal feelings about the prospect of becoming a mother, as well as historical, cultural and social stereotypes about motherhood. The work raised many questions and discussions (which is always great!), so I decided to clarify few points:

– The project originated from a commission centred around Ziedoņdārzs park in Riga, which is where (and why) all the portraits were taken.

– There is a degree of irony in the project, addressed towards both myself and the society. On the one hand, the idea of creating an ABC book to learn what qualities make a perfect mother is a direct comment on the fact that, at the age of 25, I and many of my peers feel absolutely unprepared to become parents. One the other hand, my choice of words to describe a perfect mother reflect some of the many social stereotypes about parenthood. For instance, the popular culture commodifies motherhood, suggesting practical values like fast or comfortable:

Ērta/ Comfortable

Ērta/ Comfortable

historical lessons may or may not appear irrelevant in the modern age:

Dziedoša/ Singing

Dziedoša/ Singing

and my parents have their own convictions that you are free to agree or disagree with (I strongly disagree, but that’s another story):

Precēta/ Married

Precēta/ Married

The work playfully raises many other questions that I felt are important to address, for instance, what does it mean for a mother to be creative?

Radoša/ Creative

Radoša/ Creative

Can a mother be innocent?

Nevainīga/ Innocent

Nevainīga/ Innocent

and do two mothers and no father still count as a family?

Krāsaina/ Colourful

Krāsaina/ Colourful

Hope this answers some of the question, but please keep them coming!

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About Tina Remiz

I am a documentary storyteller and visual artist of Latvian origin, currently based in the UK's capital.

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