Het was even een lastige keuze om foto’s te selecteren voor de aankomende digitale expositie “Mater” die zal worden gehouden in de Milanese M.A.D.S. Gallery in Milaan.
De curatoren hebben twee foto’s uitgekozen die worden geëxposeerd van 13 november tot en met 27 november.
Het is de negende digitale expositie dit jaar die wordt georganiseerd door M.A.D.S. Gallery Milano.
Het lastige van de keuze zat ‘m niet zozeer in de foto’s die Studio Tjeerd maakt, maar vooral in het thema “Mater” (= moeder).
Dat beperkt de keuze mogelijkheden nogal, vooral omdat de modellen die worden gefotografeerd voornamelijk tieners zijn.
Wanneer dan ook nog wordt aangegeven dat foto’s niet eerder gepubliceerd mogen zijn, dan wordt de spoeling wel heel erg dun en blijven in feite eigenlijk alleen foto’s over die kort geleden gemaakt zijn.
Uiteindelijk, na overleg, is besloten om een tweetal foto’s van Merlin te gebruiken voor deze expositie.
Welke twee foto’s dat zijn, zal aankomende vrijdag, bij de start van de expositie worden onthuld.
De officiële Press Release die is uitgegaan luidt:
Concept edited by Federica D’Avanzo, Art Curator, graduated in Art Management
“Because I am the first and the last, I am the venerated and the despised one, I am the prostituteand the saint. I am the bride and the virgin. I am the mother and the daughter”
Hymn to Isis, from the Oxyrhynchus Papyrus, 2nd century B.C.
From the beginnings of humanity, the woman was invoked, venerated and adored as a goddess, through countless forms, names and symbols, with the archetype of Magna Mater.
The cult of the Great Mother, goes back to the Neolithic or even to the Paleolithic, and refers to a primordial divinity that embodies the fundamental aspects of human life.
The mother, mother of all mothers, is the Earth, whose vocation is to generate, whose dark and humid appearance, recalls the womb and, therefore, the womb that generates life.
Its power is in water, stones, animals, hills, trees and flowers. The faculty of procreation assigned to it by nature, has endowed the woman with a boundless power.
Woman is in fact the one who gives life.
Woman is the one who creates.
According to this paradigm, the link between women and motherhood appears inseparable, a concept that was rooted six thousand years earlier with the birth of the ancient patriarchal culture.
For these reasons, the existential experience was strongly
marked by the presence of the mother figure in a broad sense.
Sigmund Freud, father of psychoanalysis, investigates family relationships and in particular the “Oedipal complex”: the relationship between mother and son, which he himself defines as a necessary need for both sides, almost dependent.
A strong umbilical cord, able to keep alive the maternal love, sometimes indestructible.
The mother, in her golden aura, embodies the fundamental values of the family, of feeling, strength, courage, sacrifice, hope and perfection.
She’s the one who plants and nourishes the first seeds of good within each of us, and teaches us to love the other.
She’s the mirror in which we look at ourselves to understand what we were yesterday and what we have become today.
But the love story between mother and son is not always easy. It’s often made of contrasts, devastation and dismay.
What Freud in psychoanalytic terms calls Oedipus unresolved.
It is, undoubtedly, a bond that has inspired artists of all times, who have chosen to give the mother figure a central role in its totality. Penelope, symbol of unshakable fidelity, exemplary wife and mother, emblem of love and hope for the poet Virgil, Medea, example of an assassin mother, uncontrolled and ruthless, for the poet Euripides. It is the “Mater Dulcissima” for Ungaretti, the emptiness at every step for Montale, the mother courage for Manzoni and Brecht, “The Queen of the Night” for Mozart, the intrusive mother for Jane Austen.
It is the mother country for Foscolo, the Mother Nature friend for Pascoli, or enemy for Leopardi, the mother tongue for Dante, the Isola Madre for Flaubert.
We could lose ourselves in a thousand other examples, mythological, literary, novelistic, but they would not be enough to strip the
woman of her complex maternal role to expose all the other multiple meanings that it represents.
She is a universal concept, difficult to express in words.
She is strength, resilience, creative and destructive nature, she is salvation, she is hope, she is determination.
She is the sun and the moon.
M.A.D.S., with the project MATER «Reconditis Oedipus», in the wake of this text, intends to draw the attention of all artists, to dig into their memories, to push them to engage with the subject, each one
bringing their own sense and their interpretation of motherhood.
Whether it’s nature, whether it’s family, whether it’s love, it’s necessary to dig into us, understand who we are, bring back the past.
The search is oriented on that vital force, capable at the same time to give life and to destroy it; to love and to be loved, on that intimate, contrasted and difficult relationship.
The aim of this project is therefore to push the interlocutor to give shape to love, through the realization of an unpublished work.
Who is ready to share this feeling with humanity?
Who is ready to take off his ego and open up to the world?
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