Home Truths: Photography, Motherhood and Loss

The Foundling Museum

11 October 2013 – 5 January 2014

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Four contemporary photographers explore the theme of loss in the relationship between mother and child.

Photographic works by Ann Fessler, Tierney Gearon, Miyako Ishiuchi and Annu Palakunnathu Matthew are brought together to challenge the stereotypes commonly associated with images of motherhood.

A highly personal, documentary-style exhibition, it features Fessler's autobiographical piece in which she investigates the story of the mother who gave her up for adoption alongside Matthew's animated journey through three generations of her female ancestry.

Also included is Gearon's eight-year project focused on her mother's battle with bipolar and schizophrenia. It explores how her illness has impacted on familial relationships, including the one shared with the photographer herself.

Meanwhile Ishiuchi's melancholic series of images capture objects once belonging to her mother, which the artist took after she died unexpectedly. The delicate and often threadbare appearance of these items acts as a poignant reminder of the mother that once was.

This exhibition is paired with a complimentary display taking place at The Photographers’ Gallery, which looks at issues of motherhood and identity.

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Tue – Sat, 10am – 5pm
Sun, 11am – 5pm

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