Representations of care in photography

This online talk with Australian artists Ying Ang, Odette England and Lisa Sorgini, chaired by Curator Susan Bright, will explore themes of family, care, motherhood, place and belonging

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  • V&A South Kensington

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    London, SW7 2RL

  • Online

  • Free event

Past Event

The care provided by women so often goes unnoticed and unacknowledged. In this online talk, we will hear from leading Australian artists who use their artistic practice to challenge preconceived ideas and the frequent misrepresentation of motherhood, childbirth and family.

Australian artists Ying Ang, Odette England and Lisa Sorgini are currently exhibiting individual bodies of work which attest to the lived experience of women, girls and mothers. Australian/Singaporean artist Ying Ang’s ‘The Quickening’ documents the transformational experience of pregnancy and early motherhood, capturing feelings of anxiety, depression, and claustrophobia, as well as joy and tenderness. Through photography, family snapshots and found imagery, Odette England’s ‘Dairy Character’ chronicles and reflects on her experience growing up on a dairy farm in rural south Australia, considering the marginalisation of girls and women in rural culture. Lisa Sorgini’s ‘Behind Glass’ offers a broader exploration of motherhood as framed through the domestic space. Mothers are captured through glass, separate and detached, bringing to light the collective maternal experience, one which can remain widely unseen

Chaired by Australian/British Curator Susan Bright, author of Home Truths: Photography and Motherhood (Art/Books, 2013) which accompanied an exhibition at The Photographers’ Gallery and The Foundling Museum, London in 2014. This talk is held to mark the current exhibition programme at the Centre for Contemporary Photography in Melbourne, Australia, curated by Catlin Langford (previously Curator of Photography at the V&A).

Presented in partnership with the V&A’s Parasol Foundation Women in Photography project.

Header image: Image courtesy of Odette England