Q&A: The Last Taboo of Motherhood?
Fuel presentsCommissioned by Fuel and Warwick University
Part of Chester Literature Festival 2023
Exploring The Last Taboo of Motherhood?
A talk with the creative and academic team behind the installation. The Last Taboo of Motherhood? is an installation about the silence around postnatal mental illness, which uses stories to illuminate a historically overlooked area of women’s health. To accompany this new work, we’re delighted to present a talk with the creative and academic team behind the installation. Come along to find out about the story of the research at the centre of this project and gain an insight into how artists create engaging and meaningful work from historical material. You’ll hear from the creative and research teams behind the installation and have the chance to ask questions.
Brought together by Alison Neighbour’s captivating design, the piece contains three audio plays written by Courtney Conrad, Bryony Kimmings and Sara Shaarawi that break the pervasive culture of silence around maternal mental health. The project draws on groundbreaking research led by Professor Hilary Marland, with Dr Kelly Couzens and Dr Fabiola Creed, and is informed by a variety of historical sources, including first hand testimonies from and by women in twentieth-century Britain. The Last Taboo of Motherhood? probes vital questions about women’s experiences.
Creative Team Writers: Courtney Conrad, Bryony Kimmings and Sara Shaarawi Researchers: Professor Hilary Marland, Dr Kelly Couzens and Dr Fabiola Creed Installation designer: Alison Neighbour
Sound Designer: Dinah Mullen
Audio director: Francesca Murray-Fuentes
Free (booking required)