Illuminating Art & Ideas
7 June-30 June 2018
Images: Marina Cavazza Words: Eglė Kačkutė
Part of the “Motherhood, Mobility, Migration” Symposium held at Maynooth University on 14-15 June 2018, the exhibition Portrait of a (Working) Mother resulting from the eponymous interdisciplinary photographic-research project focuses on motherhood, career and international mobility. With enormous pressure for modern women to “have it all,” working mothers strive to find balance between family and professional life. Juxtaposing visual and narrative representations, this exhibition focuses specifically on expatriate, well-educated, career-oriented mothers living in Geneva.
The venture explores increasingly growing tensions around issues of gender equality, career advancement, and personal / professional fulfilment in the contemporary globalised world. It also addresses identity alterations some mothers experience when their children’s needs take over their own, occasionally to the point of self-dissolution. Such selfhood modifications are especially poignant for mothers raising their children in a foreign country, dealing with linguistic and cultural transmission, as well as negotiation within multicultural couples regarding different parenting paradigms.
The project has been shown at the World Trade Organization, the OpenShow at Evartspace, and now, at Illuminations Gallery (Maynooth University. The project has been presented at Cambridge University, academic conferences such as Imiscoe 11th Annual Conference, Madrid, ATGender 2017 Annual Conference, Vilnius, in blogs, online, and in magazines (such as the UN Special). Plans are underway for an interactive exhibition at the UN Office in Geneva and an accompanying book length publication.
Marina Cavazza is an Italian photographer based in Geneva
Eglė Kačkutėis a Lithuanian Irish Research Council Fellow at Maynooth University