GRANDMOTHERS; HOLDING THE UNIVERSE TOGETHER
My intention is to highlight individuals in a state of exception. And in this case grandmothers, who, in my view, hold the burden of poverty most profoundly. As well as the burden of old age which is so typically ignored as a state of being. And the richness of what grandmothers (aren't they are old and past it?) have to offer, is so often misjudged or ignored. The series, however, is titled Grandmothers; holding the universe together because they are doing precisely that; for they often are the primary caregivers, looking after and supporting their grandchildren, because parents are absent either because they have died too young or because of working class demands. Its not to say that grandfathers don't have poverty and its ambushing to contend with, its just that womenhood often represents a double burden - poverty and lack of domestic, societal and political power.