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Lotta Esko: Medeia M(others)

Lotta Esko: Medeia M(others)

Apr

13

Wed

12:00 – 17:00

6–8°C

broken clouds

Medeia M(others) explores motherhood and the related myths around evil mothers. The exhibition includes glass sculptures and an accompanying video work that further examine both physical motherhood as well as the myth of Medeia.

According to some interpretations, Medeia killed her own children thus committing the ultimate taboo. It is a tale that is as much a fable as it is an allegory for deep maternal guilt. It is set to act as a deterrent and a warming. ‘Her actions in contradicting the ideal of an endlessly self-sacrificing mother must have sustained the myth for millennia. The ideal of a self-denying mother is very much at odds with that of an artist who is dedicated to her work’, says Lotta Esko. 

Esko’s exhibition discusses the contemporary ideal of intensive parenting, in which mothers must be supported with knowledge and guidance by educational experts. Intensive parenting and its underlying attachment theory are accompanied by the idea of the deterministic influence of parents on a child’s future. Thus, all the choices made by parents becomes morally charged. This again ties into the myth of Medeia of impacting one’s own child.

Lotta Esko (MA 2003 Aalto University) works in the visual and performing arts. Esko’s oeuvre has focused on painting, but in recent years she has also used glass and video as materials. She has had solo exhibitions in Helsinki, Amsterdam and Toronto and participated in joint exhibitions in a number of other venues including Helsinki, Rovaniemi, Berlin and New York. For the 2012 Venice Biennale Contemporary Music Festival, Esko created a set and costume design for the contemporary opera Serial Sevens directed by Kristiina Helin.

Näyttelyä on tukenut Taike / The exhibition has been supported by the Arts Promotion Centre Finland.

Wed 13 Apr 2022 – 01 May 2022 12:00 – 17:00

6–8°C

broken clouds

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