Through Dr Helen Benigson latest PhD research, we learned more about how maternality is performed online, offline and in Lockdown but mostly interrupted through our devices and the Internet. Also, Helen Benigson and Paola Lucente unveiled (M)otherhood in the Digital Age. They discussed the impact of the Internet and COVID-19 on parents and carers.

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►► Music jingle by Samm Anga

What did we learn?

  1. Helen Benigson’s film “Jude” will be screened in real life at Richard Saltoun Gallery, London, in November 2020 as the winning piece of the Mother Art Prize Exhibition 2020.
  2. The Procreate Project will have a physical “Mother House” in Lewisham, London.
  3. Lockdown has emphasised and complicated the pressures that parents face, in relation to the Internet.
  4. Maternality, which is a constantly performative, expansive state of becoming, reveals social bonds to be precarious and volatile.
  5. That (m)otherhood is an open, inclusive term, including a range of parents, carers and bodies.

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Artist’s Portfolio

Helen Benigson creates moving-image and performance work concerned with the body and online identities. Her highly saturated video collages are filled with images of stereotypical femininity; lollipops, flowers and glitter. Along with the soundtracks she produces for her videos, the layering of these symbols reinforces the works’ chaotic nature, where fantasy and reality intertwine. The distinction between the self and others is also blurred through her use of online personas and her alter-ego, rapper Princess Belsize Dollar.

Helen Benigson Performing at Zabludowicz (2015) © Courtesy of the artist.
Helen Benigson, show in Oxford  2018 © Courtesy of the artist.
  • 20.07.22 Agora Talk: Helen Benigson and Paola Lucente

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