Poetic Truths of Home and Motherhood

A visual movement "Eye Mama"

Eriko Koga
Eyemamaproject ©Eriko Koga

text Petra Barkhof


“Eye Mama” is not just a book; it is a visual journey that transcends the conventional boundaries of motherhood and home. Created by BAFTA-nominated filmmaker and photographer Karni Arieli, this photographic portfolio captures the essence of the “mama gaze” through the lenses of more than 200 female and non-binary photographers worldwide.


Karni Arieli: “We have to promote Unity, Connection, Love and Safety for all Children. As a collective of mamas we unite for peace and empathy.
We have to stand for humanity.”


The project, born during the pandemic, offers a poignant reflection on the universal experience of motherhood, caregiving, and the often unseen aspects of family life. At a time when the world was collectively navigating lockdowns and increased time at home, “Eye Mama” emerged as a testament to the power of art to reveal the beauty and complexity inherent in the mundane.

The book serves as a compilation of images from the “Eye Mama” Project, curating a visual narrative that delves into the multifaceted layers of caregiving, post-motherhood self-discovery, and the intricate dance of love and hardship. The “mama gaze,” as expressed by female and non-binary visual artists, brings to light the personal and poetic truths of these individuals, creating a collective tapestry of shared experiences.



One of the standout features of the “Eye Mama” book is its ability to showcase the intimate details of care and parenthood. Through close-up details, the reader is invited to witness the play of light and shadow in the everyday moments that make up the motherhood journey. The images go beyond mere documentation; they capture the emotions, challenges, and joys embedded in the fabric of familial bonds.

A notable inclusion in the book is the forward by Alessia Glaviano, the head of Global Photo Vogue, and Annie Wang, an internationally renowned photographer and artist. Their perspectives add depth and context to the visual narrative, providing insights into the significance of the “mama gaze” within the broader artistic and cultural landscape.


In conclusion, “Poetic Truths of Home and Motherhood” is an apt descriptor for the “Eye Mama” book. It goes beyond the surface, inviting readers to explore the profound and poetic truths embedded in the everyday lives of mothers around the globe. This collection of images is a testament to the fact that the “mama gaze” indeed matters, and through it, a new visual language of motherhood is eloquently articulated.


You have the possibility to meet Karni Arieli in a talk with Alessia Glaviano, today, Nov. 16 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at the Photo Vogue Festival at BASE in Milan.




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Malin Westermann
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