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Nita's Mother's Day Project for 2005 (for men too)
Dear Friends, Sally (my daughter) sent me an email about Mother's day. I'm copying the original Mother's Day proclamation showing that the day was created not as commercialism, not in order to treat mothers for being such nice guys, but it was originally a day organised by women to stand up against war and destruction, against seeing their children slaughtered by warmongers. So I've decided to spend it next year doing something meaningful towards that end. Any ideas welcome...we have a year to discuss it. Meanwhile, here's the extract and the website of the full article below. Hope you all had a happy mother's day. It would truly be a mother's day to know that war will never be again!...O...and if you're not a mother, you're either a daughter or a son...so in one direction or another you're connected to motherhood...so you're not excluded from the project. At the end of the day, motherhood is about care, nurture and growth, which you, my friends, all do in different ways. cheers nita PS: long live idealism!
Here is the original, pre-Hallmark, Mother's Day Proclamation, penned in Boston by Julia Ward Howe in 1870:
Arise, then, women of this day!
How it works:
INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE IN THE VIDEO INSTALLATION PROJECT: MOTHER'S DAY , 2005.
Hello My Wonderful Webist Friends!!
Our Mothers Day Project begins!!
Whether we are male, female, mother, daughter, son, father or a combination of some or all we each have a concept of what motherhood is all about. We also have a concept of where mothers might stand in regards to war.
We can take the idea of motherhood and what a mother means from many angles: the carer; the nurturer; the disciplinarian; the manager; the person who refuses to send her/his children or other peoples children to war; the person who dedicates his/her children to die for a cause; the person who sells their child for food; the person who refuses to do it; the person who works extra hours to give their child a better education; the person who takes their child out from school early to go out to work; the incompetent housefrau; the pushy ambitious mother; the mother who forgets her baby on the tennis court (yes, its happened); the person who makes you eat the food you hate most; the person who makes your favourite dish the list goes on . And then there are all the grey areas in between.
Its time that an international group of artists such as us re-examines and portrays our notions of motherhood.
WHERE ITS AT
At present I
am proposing a video installation by Webists on
Motherhood to some key galleries here in
So, to get it moving, I need your images reflecting your views of Motherhood. You dont have to stick to one view only; depict any views that are meaningful to you. You can be humorous, serious, both.
To participate, heres what you have to do:-
Please put two folders with the following on a CD and mail it to me at the address below no later than December 24, 2004.
1. In a folder labeled IMAGES: 15 images, no less than 800x600 pixels at 300 ppi in .jpg format, reflecting your view/views of motherhood.
a. (Optional) If you wish to add words to complement your series of images, go ahead, with the constraint that they should not be more than 36 words in total for the full fifteen. I shall have the words crawl across the images slowly. If you would like words to crawl across your images, please put them in a Word document.
2. In a folder labeled with your full name as you would have it displayed on the video:
a. A photo of yourself, no less than 800x600 at 300 ppi in .jpg format.
b. On a Word document:-
i. Your full name, email and full mailing address.
ii. An answer in no more than six lines to one of the following questions. You can be funny, serious, both.
1. Why did I take the trouble to design a series of images for Mothers Day 2005? (and not bec. Nita asked me for them!!!)
2. Should we celebrate Mothers Day at all? Give reasons.
3. What does your art series say about Motherhood?
4. What is your view of motherhood and has your view changed over the years? If so how? If not, why not?
5. Who is your favourite mother figure in history that you feel strongly about, one way or the other, and why?
6. What work of art, music or literature reflects a view of motherhood that has made an impression on you and how is this reflected in your work?
7. How distant do you think the portrayal of mothers in art is from the real mothers you have known? How has this affected your work?
8. Any other question youd like to answer about mothers/ mother's day that I havent thought of .ask it and then answer it.
SEND CD NO LATER THAN JANUARY 31ST, 2005 to:
Nita T. Jawary
Thanks! And looking forward to seeing all your great images!!
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