Holding Time press release: November 2017




Fabrica Gallery, Brighton/ ONCA Gallery, Brighton / Royal Brompton Hospital, London
A photographic installation by Lisa Creagh



This new body of work will be previewed in a trial Installation at Fabrica Gallery, Brighton on January 18th 2018, from 1-­‐5pm, followed by an In Conversation with Christiane Monarchi of PhotoMonitor from 6.30pm as part of Fabrica’s Making Space programme.

Holding Time then moves to ONCA Gallery for a two week run from February 22nd--March 4th where it will be accompanied by a ‘breastfeeding sit-in’ from 10am to 5pm every day. 

The third exhibition will take place at Royal Brompton Hospital, London who have also commissioned a piece as part of the work. Despite accumulated evidence of the physical, emotional and mental health benefits to the child, as well as the environmental and social benefits, in a society preoccupied with economic growth the time saving arguments in favour of bottle-feeding remain a major obstacle to higher rates of breastfeeding.

The range of mothers is deliberately broad in scope. Mothers range in age from early twenties to mid forties, with children aged from a few weeks to up to three and a half. There are tandem feeding mothers (mothers feeding two children simultaneously), single mothers and mothers of sick children. All are shot in the same way: against a neutral dark background in lighting reminiscent of Renaissance paintings. For the Fabrica exhibition, a stop motion animation of twelve mothers featured across four screens, representing a minute in time. This minute is counted out in seconds by the accompanying ‘Time Map’ created digitally by Creagh from still photographic images of glass geometrical ornaments she had specially commissioned by Brighton Glass Artist, Mike Barrett. Using a cast pouring method, Barrett created solid glass objects in place of the two dimensional ceramic tiles used in Cosmatesque flooring so that Creagh could develop the Cosmatesque ornamental design in 3D.

By contextualising breastfeeding mothers within this older tradition, Creagh attempts to ‘encode’ the time spent breastfeeding and indeed mothering as pattern, rather than number. In doing so, she asserts the possibility of non action (sitting still) as containing potentially ‘radical agency’, freed from Industrialised Time. The development of the work is promoted using a specially created online Social Enterprise called The Parlour . Through interviews with the participating mothers, and a blog written by Sociologist and collaborator, Lucila Newell, the ideas and themes of Holding Time are distributed to a wider audience.

Some participating mothers (pictured) include; Sarina Byrne: Sabrina is the mother of Isabelle, a child born with Cystic Fibrosis was the subject of a commission from rb&hArts for a portrait of a mother of a hospital patient for their expressing room. Jenna Hoyte: Jenna has breastfed three children and is pictured with her third child Leo. Bethania Mathaeus is a Brazilian resident of Brighton, pictured with her daughter Luna. Ivy Lourenco is a Chinese resident of Brighton, pictured with her son Sebastian. Ends For further information please contact: Lisa Creagh, Photographic artist: 07816 577 140 / e: lccreagh@icloud.com

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