My Mother's Daughter

From the 29th of January until the 16th of April, SEA Foundation presents the group exhibition ‘My Mother’s Daughter’. In the exhibition several artists show what a mother means to them, from the birth of the child to the death of the mother.

From the 29th of January until the 16th of April, SEA Foundation presents the group exhibition ‘My Mother’s Daughter’. We love our mother, despise her or long for a mother when we don't have one. In the exhibition several artists show what a mother means to them, from the birth of the child to the death of the mother. 

Mothers

Mothers. Perhaps one of the most universal and yet one of the most personal concepts in the world. Despite the fact that not everyone has a mother in their life, everyone somehow relates to the theme. 

Over the years, the conception we have of a m…

From the 29th of January until the 16th of April, SEA Foundation presents the group exhibition ‘My Mother’s Daughter’. We love our mother, despise her or long for a mother when we don't have one. In the exhibition several artists show what a mother means to them, from the birth of the child to the death of the mother. 

Mothers

Mothers. Perhaps one of the most universal and yet one of the most personal concepts in the world. Despite the fact that not everyone has a mother in their life, everyone somehow relates to the theme. 

Over the years, the conception we have of a mother, or of motherhood, has changed dramatically as a result of feminism, psychoanalysts such as Sigmund Freud and various philosophers like Simone de Beauvoir, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Hannah Arendt, among others. Whereas the archetypical mother is a nurturing, loving woman, the perception has broadened considerably and 'mother' can be defined in countless ways. 

Mother-child relationship

The moment we are born the relationship with our mother changes, all of a sudden we are no longer physically connected. This changeability continues throughout the rest of our relationship and is characterised by a number of milestones such as birth, childhood, puberty, adulthood, becoming a mother ourselves and death. In some mother-child relationships the phases are not passed through in the usual way or sequence, for example due to the premature death of the mother or child. As a result, not all phases can be completed. The absence of a mother or child leaves only desire, loss and fantasy to imagine for what could have been.

The exhibition presents an ideal image of the mother-child relationship. This relationship is not always just loving, easy or fun. Within the exhibition the role of the mother is questioned and in some cases the mother is even made redundant. Despite all that, the exhibition traces an idealistic life cycle in the mother-child relationship: in its normal order and from the birth of the child to the death of the mother. The viewer can relate to it, compare to it and differentiate themselves from it.  Mother-child relationships are complex and never the same. Therefore, in the exhibition 'My Mother's Daughter' we do not focus on the general concept of 'mother' or 'motherhood' but reflects on the mother through the eyes of the child. 

Mothers in lockdown

The young child is now stuck with his mother for whole days.  The mother who has to take on both the role of mother and teacher, often in addition to obligations from regular life such as work. In contrast, the older child, the one who has already left the nest, has less contact with their mother. In times where loneliness is not uncommon due to the absence of social affairs, we may feel the need for the warm love of friends, our family or mother- or maybe we are just relieved that these 'obligations' are no longer imposed on us for a while?

When

  • every Thursday, Friday and Saturday until April 16th, 2021from 13:00 to 17:00

Location