Book Launch and Signing: The Holding Place, with Emma O’Brien
Date: Saturday 15 July
Location: The Printworks, Dublin Castle, at the artist’s table
While balancing unpaid emotional and domestic labour with full-time paid work, Emma O’Brien placed her photographic practice on hold. It was an indulgence she couldn’t afford; Motherhood demanded this sacrifice. As her child grew, influenced by Matricentric Feminism, and working with a feminist concept of intersubjectivity, “how to care for another and one’s self”, she began carving the time to explore her role as a mother and artist. Finding the quiet moments between the intense days of working and mothering she began to photograph their everyday.
The Holding Place is a meditation on the physical, psychological, and political landscape of Motherhood. The small world they inhabit, the recurring daily routines, the scant time available, and the intimacy of the mother-child relationship all shape the work. In The Holding Place, the personal and political blur as the artist engages in a raw and honest dialogue, exploring the emotional complexities and challenges of motherhood.
Join the unique opportunity to meet the artist, and receive your signed copy of the publication.
Tsundoku Art Book Fair
13-16 July 2023