A Second Beating Heart, Rabea Edel


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Language: German, English
Hardcover, 42 analogue colour photograph
With a literary essay by Rabea Edel
Size: 21 x 27 cm
ISBN 978-3-948174-13-2
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Verfügbar am 25/11/2021
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A photographic long-term project about the light and dark sides of motherhood, about a topic that is too often kept silent.

The birth of a child is also the birth of a mother. Her body carries a second beating heart. When this second heart suddenly beats outside the body, everything changes.
The illustrated bookA Second Beating Hearttells the story of a woman who never leaves her home after the birth of her child. What begins insidiously becomes a new reality. For almost three years, the house is both a shelter and a cocoon. Isolation at home becomes a vital strategy. She finds her way out step by step. – The story of a healing and emancipation from the ideal image of the perfect mother.
»Through poetic and carefully selected pictures, viewers empathize with the light and dark sides of new motherhood. Dealing with the topic of post-partum depression is often neglected in art and only more recently has been a topic in society. And with new lockdown implemented, isolation from friends, family, and normalcy takes on whole new complexities. Not every new mother is blissfully happy in their new role, can accept the changes of her body so immediately, or cope with the new lifestyle that shifts overnight.
The carefully illustrated book strips bare these fears through self portraits, still lifes, and an emotional essay.«
– Miss Magazine (1/21)
Dimensions 210 × 270 mm

Rabea Edel


Gillian Henn


Christine Lange