The act of surrender has long been steeped in last-gasp machismo in a culture where giving-in is often seen as 'giving up' yet as mothers, acts of surrender are expected and often necessary. Women are taught to surrender from the moment of conception and in birth and motherhood, the magnificent power of surrender holds both strength and vulnerability.
Mothers often surrender so much; to the needs or desires of our children, to the changes of our maternal bodies, our postpartum mental health, our economic value, and creative freedom. We let go of a certain amount of our individual identity in order to make room for this all encompassing and shared role of «mother».
In this collection of moving image works we see both loss and gain, holding on and letting go through the lens of the mother/child relationship, maternal identity conflicts, monotonous daily routines, the maternal body and the overarching delicate balance between art and motherhood.
Alison O'Neill: Nothing Gets Through ( 0:33 )
Helen Sargeant: A Silent Earthquake ( 09:16 )
Jennifer Campbell: Milking It ( 03:17 )
Sarah Irvin: Infinite House ( 02:49 )
Jessica Kirkpatrick: The Everymovie ( 06:29 )
Lisa Diane Wedgeworth: LipGloss ( 09:37 )
Tracey Kershaw: Dropping peas / picking up peas ( 0:45 )
Megan Wynne: Motivation ( 04:35 )
Elizabeth M. Claffey: The Ordinary and the Domestic ( 02:00 )
Alana Hunt: My Grandmother's Art ( 05:00 )
Courtney Kessel: In Balance With ( 05:50 )
An informal discussion and refreshments by donation will follow the screening. This event is aimed at an adult audience however breastfeeding babies are welcome and older children welcome to attend at parent's discretion. Stills is fully accessible and has baby changing facilities. Doors open from 18:45pm.