Nurture presents motherhood as a durational performance and as an act of love and labor. In the role of the archetypal Mother, the artist offers her empathy and her breasts to the audience in an intimate, one-on-one interaction.
Breasts are maternal and erotic symbols, representing the conflicting roles of Madonna and Whore. In either role, the female body is a body that does not belong entirely to itself. By publicly performing the private act of breastfeeding, Nurture makes visible unacknowledged maternal labor, confronts social taboos concerning the female body, and exposes the competing demands fracturing women’s identities.
About Lena Chen
Lena Chen explores intimacy, labor, trauma, and gender relations, using her body and identity as her primary media. A survivor of revenge porn and cyber-stalking, she adopted an alternate identity as a nude model to reclaim agency over her narrative (Elle Peril, 2012-2017) and convenes storytelling circles worldwide for collective healing from sexual violence (Heal Her, 2018). She studied sociology at Harvard University, where she wrote a blog about sex and depression, provoking national interest and criticism. From participatory performances to confessional texts, her works are exercises in vulnerability, which confront the thin line between victimhood and survival, connection and isolation, empowerment and objectification.
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