On Motherhood and Surveillance
200 pp., 8 x 10 in, 70 color figures, 11 b&w figures
- Published: April 25, 2023
- Publisher: The MIT Press
A wide-ranging, first-of-its-kind anthology of art and writing exploring how surveillance impacts contemporary motherhood.
The tracking of our personal information, activities, and medical data through our digital devices is an increasingly recognizable field in which the lines between caretaking and control have blurred. In this age of surveillance, mothers' behaviors and bodies are observed, made public, exposed, scrutinized, and policed like never before. Supervision: On Motherhood and Surveillance gathers together the work of fifty contributors from diverse disciplines that include the visual arts, legal scholarship, ethnic studies, sociology, gender studies, poetry, and activism to ask what the relationship is between how we watch and how we are watched, and how the attention that mothers pay to their children might foster a kind of counterattention to the many ways in which mothers are scrutinized.
A groundbreaking collection, Supervision is a project about vision (and supervision), and all the ways in which vision intersects with surveillance and politics, through motherhood and personal history as well as through the histories and relations of the societies in which we live.
Melina Abdullah, Jeny Amaya, Gemma Anderson, Nurcan Atalan-Helicke, Sarah Blackwood, Lisa Cartwright, Cary Beth Cryor, Moyra Davey, Duae Collective, Sabba Elahi, Laura Fong Prosper, Regina José Galindo, Michele Goodwin, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Lily Gurton-Wachter, Sophie Hamacher, Jessica Hankey, Keeonna Harris, Laëtitia Badaut Haussmann, Jennifer Hayashida, Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, Lisbeth Kaiser, Magdalena Kallenberger, Caitlin Keliiaa, Anjuli Fatima Raza Kolb, Stephanie Lumsden, Irene Lusztig, Tala Madani, Jade Phoenix Martinez, Mónica Mayer, Iman Mersal, Jennifer C. Nash, Hương Ngô, Erika Niwa, Priscilla Ocen, Litia Perta, Claudia Rankine, Viva Ruiz, Ming Smith, Sable Elyse Smith, Sheida Soleimani, Stephanie Syjuco, Hồng-Ân Trương, Carrie Mae Weems, Lauren Whaley, Kandis Williams, Mai'a Williams, Carmen Winant, Kate Wolf, and Hannah Zeavin