Clarissa Monteiro Borges is an artist, teacher, feminist, and mother of two boys. She has a BA in Visual Arts (1999) and an MA (2002) in Art from Brasilia University. In 2008 she moved to Uberlândia, Minas Gerais, to be a professor of Visual Arts at the Federal University of Uberlândia (UFU). At this institution, she received her doctorate in Social History in 2019, researching birth and maternity in contemporary art from a historical and feminist perspective. Since 2017 she has been a member of the Gender Studies Center at UFU. She uses photography and video to explore motherhood, childbirth, and sexuality themes in my artistic work. Her video “Fantasy birth memory” is at the Birth Rites collection in England, and her photographs are in private collections in Brazil, Argentina, and USA.
Academic Affiliation: Federal University of Uberlândia – Brazil (UFU – Universidade Federal de Uberlândia – Brasil)
– Borges, Clarissa. “Reflexões sobre imagens de parto, artes visuais e mídias: um mergulho nas obras de Monica Sjöö e Lia Menna Barreto”. Maternidade nas mídias edited by Milena Freire de Oliveira-Cruz and Maria Collier de Mendonça, 1ed., FACOS-UFSM, 2021, pp. 318-344.
– Borges, Clarissa. Visual Birth Narratives: Communicating the Intensity and Intimacy of Labour Through Art. Interview conducted by Dr. Rebecca Ogden and Dr. R. Sanchez-Rivera, Cuerpa Politica, Podcast, 21 Sep. 2021, https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/visual-birth-narratives-communicating-the-intensity/id1556478705?i=1000534102497.
– Borges, Clarissa. “Ana Casas Broda e Megan Wynne: Experiências do Parto e da Maternidade na Arte Contemporânea”. International Gender Seminar 12, Florianópolis-Brazil, 2021, https://www.fg2021.eventos.dype.com.br/resources/anais/8/fg2020/1613422644_ARQUIVO_44734de02e27a162e095b2a39c6a3ce7.pdf
– Borges, Clarissa. Childbirth in the visual arts: a historical and feminist approach to birth and motherhood. 2019. Federal University of Uberlândia, History Institute, Ph.D., http://doi.org/10.14393/ufu.te.2019.2464.
“Hiding (trap)” is a photographic series developed in an art residency from October 1, 2020, through January 1st, 2021, at home in Uberlândia -Brazil. I tried, in this artwork, to express the difficulties we were facing with remote work and the invisible labor that kids in apartment demand. The series highlights different characteristics of motherhood experienced by many mothers at home: the anxiety to be home, the fun and playful time with the kids, the hope to get out safely, and the exhaustion of the routine. Mothering can be both a place to hide and a trap.
KEYWORDS: mothering, photography, visual arts, childhood, feminism