Mother art prize 2020. 13.03.20
Today I submitted my images for the first competition I have entered with my MA work, a big step in LO4 , the professional location of my practice, and following paths and finding ways for my practice to be disseminated and consumed.
The images were from the last module. This has helped in a number of ways towards this module, as it has made me see how I can edit sequence and shortlist my images even more than I had already done so after a little time away from them, so am not so emotionally attached or invested in my images. (I struggled to get it down to 20 last module so to get it down to 9 was a big thing today!)
It has also helped as it made me come up with a title for the project, something I have been struggling with massively since I started the course. When the course started originally I wanted to call the project MA.MA , as I believed it would be centered around me, and our personal journey, and the play on words and terms made me happy !
However, once the work became more focused, or actually indeed, less focused, as it encompassed more alternative education, I decided this tile was no long appropriate. I had originally wanted to use an alternative education, but for reasons I won’t go into here, that became impossible to do, so I was stuck. Today I played with lots of terms, meanings and roots of words and decided on
THE HEUTAGOGICAL HOME
I decided on this as every parent that takes their child out of school, is at some point or another following heutagogical paths as opposed to pedagogical, even if they are doing a structured method of education, following the national curriculum, or employed tutors, they have still chosen these things, and have by default instilled a certain amount of child orientated , or self determined learning in their families educational path. THE NAME WAS ALSO AVAILABLE AS A WEBSITE AND ON SOCIAL MEDIA, A VERY RELEVANT AND MUCH NEEDED THING IN THIS AGE OF PHOTOGRAPHY AND SOCIAL MEDIA.
These were the final nine images I chose (I am only including a screen shot of all 9 as the actual images aren’t relevant to this module, just the process)
Finally, the competition needed to have a write up about your work, and a lot of this is relevant to my work this module, and obviously my work all links and goes towards my fmp anyway, so it is all relevant and interconnected, this is the information I gave …
The Heutagogical Home is part of ongoing wider body of work exploring alternative education.
It consists of images taken of 18 home educating families in Cornwall, in the South West of England during the Autumn of 2019.
Attempting to understand, and visually illustrate their varied personal reasons for choosing alternative education, and what they feel it brings to both their families and their children’s lives.
The families stretch and encompass a wide range of philosophical beliefs around pedagogy and heutagogy. From structured learners following the national curriculum at home, to radical unschoolers, where a child is free to follow their own threads of interest, having autonomy over their own choices, whilst their parents facilitate their learning and discovery.
At each meeting, I witnessed new ways of learning, and parenting happening. Capturing both the beauty and potentials of an individualised education.
The images capture both the education in progress, the individualised philosophical methods, and the glue that holds those methods together. They also, as a home educator, symbolise my own thoughts and emotions surrounding home education.
The mothers’ portraits showing not only the female, or mothers gaze, but also, symbolising my own fractured multitude of roles as a woman, mother, friend, educator, comforter, confidante.
The Heutagogical Home consists of 9 photographs on metallic paper, taken from the main body of work of 30 images.
This was really good practice for the opening paragraph of my critical review of practice for this module, which won’t read like this, but is a similar process, with the writing, positioning, communication of thoughts and drive, editing, and final outcome.
Because I chose the name, I also made sure to take the name on instagram. https://www.instagram.com/theheutagogicalhome/?hl=en
However, I haven’t shared anything to that page or premoted it. The reason being I already run two instagram accounts for my birth photography and my children’s/ma photography and it is hard work. I simple did it to protect the ‘brand’ as it were.
Fig 1, Graham, Rebecca. 2019. The Heutagogical home.
Fig 2, Graham. Rebecca. 2020. The heutagogical home instagram.