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How to Mend: Motherhood and Its Ghosts

How to Mend: Motherhood and Its Ghosts

Author : Iman Mersal

If I’d been more aware and someone had asked me about “my mother’s picture” I would have shown them the bird she’d stitched onto the canvas herself. It is not aesthetic vision or skill that summons my mother’s presence in this canvas, but the slight punctum the bird gives me. I get nothing of this sort from our studio portrait. The bird’s eyes are always looking at me, as though they belong to her. The bird. Motionless. For whose sake my mother sat and stitched by the window where the light came in, each pinprick a symbolic laceration in the process of its embodiment: cuts by the hundred to make it whole."



Iman Mersal intricately weaves a new narrative of motherhood, moving between interior and exterior scapes, diaries, readings and photographic representations of motherhood to question old and current representations of motherhood and the related space of unconditional love, guilt, personal goals and traditional expectations. What is hidden in narratives of motherhood in fictional and non-fictional texts as well as in photographs?



This book is translated into English by Robin Moger.
$10.00
  • SKU
  • 9783956794254
  • ISBN:
  • 9783956794254
  • Author:
  • Iman Mersal
  • Pages:
  • 166
  • Pub. Year:
  • 2018
  • Publisher:
  • Kayfa ta and Sternberg Press
  • Cover:
  • Paperback
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