Home Truths: Photography, Motherhood and Identity
Elina Brotherus, Elinor Carucci, Ana Casas Broda, Ann Fessler, Fred Hüning, Miyako Ishiuchi, Katie Murray and Hanna Putz - 24 October to 20 December 2014
Home Truths: Photography, Motherhood and Identity presents the work of eight international artists who explore the complex and demanding experience of motherhood. The artists draw on a wide range of influences, from fashion and lifestyle magazines to fantasy and fiction, from painting and iconography to vernacular photography, from performance and staged practices to private journals and everyday life.
Set against a backdrop of insatiable public appetite for pictures of celebrity mums and babies, the artists depict familiar, and less visible aspects, of mothering from a deeply personal perspective. Pregnancy, birth, the effect of becoming a mother on one’s professional identity; the relationship between generations of mothers; coming to terms with loss, abandonment, and the unfulfilled desire to become a mother are all areas explored in the exhibition. Interweaving narratives, charged with conflicting emotions, provide an intimate, multi-faceted and unconventional view of a universal experience.
Elina Brotherus (b. 1972, Finland) Recent exhibitions include Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebeak, Denmark; Bozar Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels; Saatchi Gallery, London and Lianzhou Photography Festival, Lianzhou, China. Awards include the Finnish State Prize for Photography (2008), and the Prix Niépce of Gens d’image, France (2005) among others. She has published four monographs.
Elinor Carucci (b. 1971, Israel) Exhibitions include Ricco Maresca, New York; Gagosian London; Edwynn Houk Galery, New York and James Hyman Gallery, London. Awards include the International Center of Photography’s Infinity Award for Young Photographer (2001); the Guggenheim Fellowship (2002), and New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (2010).
Ana Casas Broda (b. 1965, Spain) Since 2007 Casas Broda has designed public programmes at Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City. She has exhibited her work in Spain Austria, Germany and Mexico. La Fabrica published her work Kinderwunsch in 2013 and it will be exhibited in PHoto Espana in 2014.
Ann Fessler (b. 1950, USA) Fessler has produced three films and written a non-fiction book on adoption, The Girls Who Went Away. Awards include the prestigious Radcliffe Fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University.
Fred Hüning (b. 1966, Germany) Hüning’s work has been shown at photography festivals in Leipzig, Lodz, Kaunas and Arles. Exhibitions include Gallery Brotfabrik, Berlin (2011); Museum Dieselkraftwerk, Cottbus (2011) and Art Museum Wuhan, China (2009). Awards include the Art Prize for Photography from the Lotto-Foundation Berlin-Brandenburg (2007).
Miyako Ishiuchi (b. 1947, Japan) Ishiuchi has numerous solo exhibitions since 1977, including at the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo. In 1979 she won Japan’s highest award for photography, the Kimura Ihei. Her work has been published in more than twenty monographs. Miyako Ishiuchi is the winner of the prestigious 2014 Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography.
Katie Murray (b. 1974, USA) Exhibitions include Chashama Gallery, New York (2013); Homefront Gallery, New York (2011) and the International Center for Photography, New York (2008). Awards include New York State Residents Grant for Excellence in Photography (1996); the Robin Forbes Memorial Photography Award (1997); the Barry Cohen Award for Excellence in Art (2000) and a New York Foundation for the Arts grant in 2012. A monograph of her work is published by Daylight Books.
Hanna Putz (b. 1987, Austria) Exhibitions include Pavlovs Dog Gallery, Berlin; Vacant Galleries, Austria and Kunsthalle Wien, Austria. In 2012, she was shortlisted for Hyéres Contemporary Photography Prize and 1000 Words Photography Award, and nominated as ‘one to watch’ by British Journal of Photography.
Home Truths: Photography, Motherhood and Identity is curated by Susan Bright and is a Photographers' Gallery touring exhibition. The original exhibition has been modified for presentation at Belfast Exposed. The exhibition is supported by Arts Council Northern Ireland, Belfast City Council and Department of Social Development.
Please be advised that some works in the exhibition contain nudity.