2011 — present
The project started several years ago and may last endless. It was caused by the fact that in our society the image of breastfeeding woman on a billboard or on a front page of some glamorous magazine usually causes more indignation than the image of, for instance, totally naked woman.
At the same time the image of nursing Madonna is probably one of the most popular religious subject in the history of art and no one is insulted while he looks at Madonna Litta by Leonardo da Vinci. The classical art is protected by the time effect and its public acknowledgement, for sure. Something that accepted by art experts will be accepted by society in any case. Therefore, they are religious paintings, and everything that connected with a spiritiual world is clear and innocent. Originally, the key question of the project was about the reaction of people that changed so dramatically when the subject was transferred in our reality. After all the breastfeeding itself is just a natural process and a part of the communication between a mother and a child, so nudity in this case has totally innocent meaning.
Metaphorically all the women taking part in the project and performing as models translate their message about necessity to change the relation to breastfeeding into the language of visual art.
It could be said that during the project realization it has become clear that the public perception of breastfeeding is just a part of the common understanding of life aspects. And the main core of the problem is that we usually forget that the life itself and its natural processes are sacred in their existence and primary to our cultural sense of it. In addition, today’s art is not more closed space for privileged. Today’s art is everywhere around us, in each movement of our ordinary life. In such a case, any lactating woman in all its ingenuousness and household ugliness can be seen as the iconographic image of Madonna.