Motherhoods in the Art: from representations to experiences(Art History / Contemporary Art)

Winter semester 2022-2023 | Kunstuniversität Linz | BA Kulturwissenschften

During this seminar, discussions were based on various approaches to motherhood and mother-child relationships in selected artworks and art projects, ranging from Renaissance Madonnas to posthumanist queer mothering and parenting in contemporary media artworks. The group analyzed how artists have articulated common symbols, materialities, and alternative narratives related to motherhood throughout the history of art. Dealing with motherhood requires a thorough consideration of its operational complexities and associated temporal shifts. This approach helps us comprehend paradigmatic changes in representation types and their corresponding media and technological contexts, as well as contrasts and analogies within social contexts and feminist/queer perspectives.