María L. Ruido (Ourense, 1967) holds a BA in Contemporary Art History from the University of Santiago de Compostela and a PhD in Fine Arts from the University of Vigo. She has also studied at the Centro de Arte e Comunicacão Visual (Lisbon) and the University of London. An artist and investigator, she undertakes interdisciplinary projects dealing with the social construction of the body and its place in occupational imaginaries, and with the mechanisms of memory formation and their relationship with narrative forms.
MATER AMATÍSIMA. Imaginarios y discursos sobre la maternidad en tiempos de cambio (MATER AMATÍSIMA: Imaginaries and discourses on motherhood during times of change) is conceived as a video essay that poses a reflection on the possibility of other models of family, given the visual media’s insistent reliance on stereotypes of the most traditional kind.
She will do this through an analysis of diverse media, film and video stereotypes. The visual essay will also train a spotlight on our judicial system: to what extent it is contaminated by the most conventional models of family, coupledom, motherhood and fatherhood, and whether or not it is subject to the influence of the mass media.