Animated Mother Portraits

Holding Time is a project creating a different new language for breastfeeding and challenging the cultural stigmas surrounding breastfeeding.

Holding Time is a project challenging the cultural stigmas surrounding breastfeeding.

This art project includes a four screen animation accompanied by a series of large format portraits, interviews, testimonials and BLOG posts by mothers and maternal researchers.

In the animation (see clip above), mothers feed in sequence using a technique devised to show an altered version of ‘real time’. In place of the familiar 24 frames a second, this animation is stripped down to four frames per second, shown alongside an invented timepiece which grows as time passes. Music by Helen Anahita Wilson.

Combining a broad program of documentation and discussion, it is an intervention, both real and virtual.

I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you for your very beautiful portrait of Sabrina and Isabelle breastfeeding. It is now up on the expressing room wall and it certainly fills me with joy every time I see it and I’m sure it will be the same for our expressing mothers. Thank you so much

– Stacey Zimmels (on behalf of the breastfeeding and expressing team) Royal Brompton Hospital

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