1973, 03:00 minutes, B&W, English
A naked woman sits facing the camera, holding an infant between her legs. The child has been placed facing the camera. It begins to squirm and cry, its nose runs profusely, but both mother and cameraman remain impassive and unresponsive. This quotation of the art historical and popular images of madonna/mother and child counters the traditional romantic vision with a portrayal of a more fundamental isolation. The mounting distress of the child, however, also tends to provoke an urge toward response on the part of the viewer, toward the child and against this particular enactment of a metaphor. The dramatically-framed image is edited in a series of rapid motion changes in the last few moments of the tape.
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