my mother is a hippie

Jagoda Wisniewska

2018 - 2019

Switzerland; Poland

The series of images comes from a recent project «My Mother is a Hippie » that is a continuation

of my long-lasting fascination with the mother figure. In « My Mother is a Hippie » I deal

with the hunting stereotypes of the mother whose love should and is “unconditional”. I explore

the power and powerlessness that bonds so deeply within the mother-child relationship. I am

fascinated with the unsettling duality behind the experience of motherhood. The constant

forces of needing and wanting between the mother-child are crucial elements in the construction

of their relationship, and I try to present these forces on the photographs. I work with

different “masks” of motherhood, trying to challenge the visual representation of motherhood

as single-minded identity. Today, motherhood is being rebranded; from fashion, media faces,

high profile figures to influencers – women are leading a new dialogue about what it means

and what it doesn’t mean to be a mother. Voices are being raised by women who openly talk

about dark sides of motherhood, claiming their right to be tired, to be fed up with the role

they perform, or to be simply not perfect. I am deeply interested in all social and psychological

aspects that are linked with the mother-child relationship, which is one of the most crucial

relationship person can have in life. Through this work I aim to challenge the well-known definitions of maternal figure and maternal love, presenting my subjects performing themselves in all type of forms on the photographs.

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