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The Art of Surrender

  • Stills Centre for Photography 23 Cockburn Street Edinburgh, Scotland, EH1 1BP United Kingdom (map)

The Art of Surrender : Moving Image and the Maternal

Alison O'Neill, still from 'Nothing Gets Through'.

Alison O'Neill, still from 'Nothing Gets Through'.

Alison O'Neill : Nothing Gets Through ( 0:33 ) | Helen Sargeant : A Silent Earthquake ( 09:16 ) | Sarah Irvin : Infinite House ( 02:49 ) | Jessica Kirkpatrick : The Everymovie ( 06:29 ) | Courtney Kessel : In Balance With ( 05:50 ) | Jennifer Campbell : Milking It ( 03:17 ) | Lisa Diane Wedgeworth : LipGloss ( 09:37 ) | Tracey Kershaw : Dropping peas / picking up peas ( 0:45 ) | Megan Wynne : Motivation ( 04:35 ) | Elizabeth M. Claffey : The Ordinary and the Domestic ( 02:20 ) | Alana Hunt : My Grandmother's Art ( 05:20 )

Thursday 12th July, 7-9pm (Doors 6:30pm) - Stills Centre for Photography, Edinburgh.

Free but ticketed via Eventbrite 

Spilt Milk are excited to be presenting eleven moving image works by eleven outstanding artists from the UK, U.S.A. Canada, and Australia. 

The act of surrender has long been steeped in last-gasp machismo in a culture where giving-in is often seen as 'giving up' yet as mothers, acts of surrender are expected and often necessary. Women are taught to surrender from the moment of conception; 'let your body guide you' and in birth and motherhood, the magnificent power of surrender holds both strength and vulnerability. Mothers often surrender so much; to the needs or desires of our children, to the changes of our maternal bodies, our postpartum mental health, our economic value, and creative freedom. We let go of a certain amount of our individual identity in order to make room for this all encompassing and shared role of "mother". In this collection of moving image works we see both loss and gain, holding on and letting go through the lens of the mother/child relationship, the maternal body and identity conflicts, monotonous daily routines and the overarching delicate balance between art and motherhood.


Later Event: October 13