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Myrel Chernick and Jennie Klein Eds, The M Word: Real Mothers in Contemporary Art (Toronto: Demeter Press, 2011), 427 pp., ISBN: 978-0986667121, $49.95, paperback.

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Natalie Loveless

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Natalie S. Loveless is an assistant professor of contemporary art and theory at the University of Alberta. She has held fellowships at the Banff Center for the Arts, the Center for the Humanities at Utrecht University and the Humanities Research Institute at the University of California, Irvine. Her work has appeared in The Canadian Journal of Communications, S: The Journal of the Jan Van Eyck Circle for Lacanian Ideological Critique, and Aspect: The Chronicle of New Media Art. Also an interdisciplinary artist and curator, her installations, performance, and video work have been presented in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. In 2010 Loveless curated the exhibition New Maternalisms, and is currently working on a book of the same title.
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Abstract

As a feminist-mother-artist-theorist writing and making art that reflects on the context of feminist-maternal-art-and-theory today, I have a lot at stake in what one could call the ‘maternal turn.’ This turn is marked by new social media networks, curatorial projects, and recent and upcoming publications that argue for the maternal as a crucial location from which to explore the conditions, ethics, and futures of feminism today. Such turns, of course, are made and not found. Jennie Klein and Meryl Chernick’s The M Word: Real Mothers in Contemporary Art, published in May of 2011 by Canada’s Demeter Press, contributes to the making of this maternal turn in contemporary feminist art history, theory and practice today.
DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/sim.33
How to Cite: Loveless, N., (2013). Myrel Chernick and Jennie Klein Eds, The M Word: Real Mothers in Contemporary Art (Toronto: Demeter Press, 2011), 427 pp., ISBN: 978-0986667121, $49.95, paperback.. Studies in the Maternal. 5(1), pp.1–6. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/sim.33
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Published on 01 Jan 2013.
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