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.

Helen Benigson is a multi-media British artist who creates moving-image and performance work concerned with the body, (m)otherhood and online identities.

Helen Benigson is the winner of the Procreate Mother Art Prize 2020 and part of the Zabludowicz Collection. Her work was shown at the Serpentine Galleries, London, Tate Modern, London, Kunst Museum, Bonn and Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Helen Benigson has performed at Frieze Art Fair, London and Performa in New York.

She co-founded the Ruskin Centre for performance at Oxford University and she has just completed a practice-led PhD in Fine Art at the Ruskin School of Art, supervised by Eve Ess, Corin Sworn and John Cussans.

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Paola Lucente is Co-director and Curator of Procreate Project, an art social enterprise that has grown to become a pioneering arts organisation driven by an ethos that strives for innovation and sociocultural impact. The main aim is to support the professional development of contemporary artists who are also mothers, working across multiple disciplines.

She has been the Gallery Manager at the Zabludowicz Collection from 2011 to 2016. She has a BA in Visual art and an MA in Art Management Psychology and has previously worked at the Guggenheim Museum, Marian Goodman Gallery, Scope and Volta art fairs in New York City.

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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.

What’s Next?

The Procreate Project exhibition with Helen Benigson’s full video “Jude” will be on

When: 5 – 30 Oct 2020 

Private Opening: 5-9 Oct

Public opening: 10 – 30 Oct

Opening Hours:

Mon to Wed by appointment only

Thursday – Sat 10 am to 6 pm

Sunday 12 – 4 pm

Where:

Cromwell Place, 4 Cromwell Pl, London SW7 2JE

* Due to government guidelines visitors will need to register prior their visit to the exhibition.

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Helen Benigson, show in Oxford  2018 © Courtesy of the artist.
Helen Benigson, show in Oxford  2018 © Courtesy of the artist.

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