Ma

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Ma (2009) is a single channel video of a mother and child walking together side by side, holding hands. The title is reminiscent of the affectionate nickname for a mother, 'Ma', but also a concealed way to convey maternal ambivalence. Maternal ambivalence is the result of the tension between the idealisation of motherhood and women’s lived experience of mothering. The maternal struggle finds its source in the difficulty of identifying with the ideological representation of the mother. This image still conveys an idealistic and nostalgic, patriarchal image of maternal love bounded by culture and history.

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Berthon-Moine, I., (2012) “Ma”, Studies in the Maternal 4(1), p.1. doi: https://doi.org/10.16995/sim.178

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Ingrid Berthon-Moine

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