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Stuart Hall Library Research Network: Duties of Self-Care

Talk Research Network: Tongue-Tie Helen Benigson and Lisa Baraitser

06 Mar 2019

An evening of performance and conversation around the maternal body

  • Venue

    Stuart Hall Library

  • Address

    Chelsea College of Arts,
    Billiards Room, 45 Millbank, SW1P 4RQ

  • Time


  • £3 (booking fee applies). Booking required.

  • Artists

    Helen Benigson

During our final Research network event, as part of the Duties of Self-Care programme, artist Helen Benigson will give a performative presentation on her research project Tongue-Tie followed by conversation with Professor Lisa Baraitser.

“Tongue Tie” explores research on the economies of mothers, bodies and pain, online and in real life with particular reference to breastfeeding trauma, tongue-tie, public breastfeeding and mastitis.

Helen’s research (written and visual) sets up a dichotomy between a pre-Internet generation of mothers and that of a highly mediated Post-Internet age of breastfeeding (m)others.

Join us as we unpack what it means to be a professional mother, at the intersection of feminist politics, contemporary art and embodied research.

About the participants

Helen Benigson is a video and performance artist who has exhibited extensively and internationally. She recently co-founded the Ruskin Centre for performance at Oxford University and is near completion of her PhD in Fine Art at the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University on the subject of body, technology and the maternal. Her work has been shown at the Serpentine Gallery, Tate Modern, Frieze Art Fair, Kunst Museum Bonn, Irma Stern Museum, Cape Town and Performa, New York. Her work is held in numerous worldwide collections including the Hammer Museum Los Angeles and the Zabludowicz Collection London and New York.

Lisa Baraitser is Professor of Psychosocial Theory in the Department of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck and author of Maternal Encounters: The Ethics of Interruption (Routledge, 2009). She is co-director of the research network MaMSIE (Mapping Maternal Subjectivities, Identities and Ethics) and co-editor of the journal Studies in the Maternal. Her current research, funded by the Wellcome Trust, is on temporality and care in health contexts, and her most recent book is Enduring Time (Bloomsbury, 2017).

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Image credit: Helen Benigson. Pump, HD video still, 2017.