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Project Statement

by J. Gelles


Although I was brought up within the strict societal expectations of the fifties, I continue to be informed and nurtured by feminist ideas of the nineties. In When We Were Ten, I used autobiographical stories and photos of growing up female juxtaposed with portraits and observations about my son’s journey from childhood to manhood. These stories display the subtly significant and significantly subtle ways we are taught to be male or female in our culture. Text and images focus on the power relationships within the family, yet seem to reflect the power relationships within society as a whole. Although the text recounts personal events, it is interesting to observe how many of these are shared by countless others.

When We Were Ten: A Photo/Text Story of a Mother and Her Son

Gelles

title note: The title for this book was originally Mother/Son. Unknown to me at the time, Gail Rebhan had published Mother Son Talk at VSW, six months earlier. Joan [Lyons] suggested I change the title for this project. [J. Gelles]

Agents

Gelles

type: initiating

role:
photographer
author
designer

dates:
publication: 1997-00-00


Visual Studies Workshop Press

type: initiating

role:
printer
publisher


Aesthetic Profile

movement:
feminism (AAT)

subject:
autobiography (AAT)

themes: Cultural gender studies within family structures. [T. Shaw]

content form:
documentary (local)

publication tradition:
artists' book (local)

inspiration: Feminism of the '90s [T. Shaw]

related works: Mary Kelly's work relates [T. Shaw]

community: workshop Visual Studies Workshop [T. Shaw]

Related Documents

manuscript type: other

location: artist's archive