I had the pleasure of meeting Shira Richter, who was one of the visual presenters at the MIRCI conference. Shira uses the power of images to tell feminist/mother-nest stories. She is a pioneer feminist multidisciplinary artist, award winning film maker, loud mouth activist, curator writer and independent scholar who lives in Israel. She has been ARTiculating the maternal for 15 years. I asked her if I could feature her amazing photography which captures the way women are silenced in the economic structures of society. I am grateful to Shira for allowing me to republish her work.
Shira's artistic photography is featured on the cover of Demeter's book Counting on Marilyn Waring-New Advances in Feminist Economic'. The photo is called 'Iron Maiden' and is an actual a photo (not manipulated) of baby bottle nipples. This photo forms part of a large scale solo photography installation titled INVISIBLE INVALUABLES which features photographs of every day mother/parent equipment; pacifiers, bath floors and baby bottles as expensive and valuable gems, communicating the way this work SHOULD be valued. Inspired by M.Waring's work, The project premiered on International Women's month 2011, at the large gallery of Tel Aviv artist's house. Shira also co-wrote a chapter in this book titled: 'If mothers counted - status symbols for the invisible art of mothering' in Israeli culture and society with Dr Hadara Scheflan Katzav, The paper offers a multidisciplinary perspective on mother's status in Israel and is published below.