Karni Arieli

Eye Mama

Poetic Truths of Home and Motherhood

Poetic Truths of Home and Motherhood

During the 2020 lockdown, photographer and BAFTA-nominated filmmaker Karni Arieli began documenting her family in pictures. Others did the same, and so the idea for a major international photography project was born. Mothers grabbed their cameras, and Karni decided to start a visual movement. The motivations were many: to find comfort, to find an occupation that is fulfilling through photography as an art form, to be able to communicate to others without words and feel solidarity, to share everyday life, which can be lonely despite being turbulent. 

In mid-April 2021, Karni started an Instagram feed called EYE MAMA. The community of artist moms quickly grew to over 4,000 and counting. From anonymity, this created an unstoppable movement that is now being channeled to a book.

"My hope is that this is a look into the world of the home and lockdown that hasn't been previously seen or pictured."
- KARNI

Karni Arieli
Photographer
Price
€ 50 | $ 65 | £ 45
Pages
224
Images
approx. 150 color and b/w photographs
Format
23,5 x 30 cm | 9 1/4 x 11 4/5 in.

Book title
Eye Mama
Subtitle
Poetic Truths of Home and Motherhood
Publisher
teNeues Verlag GmbH
Release date
21.4.2023
Format
23,5 x 30 cm | 9 1/4 x 11 4/5 in.
Language
English & German
Pages
224
Images
approx. 150 color and b/w photographs
Price
€ 50 | $ 65 | £ 45
Finish / Special Book-Work
Hardcover
Category
Art & Culture, Preview Spring 2023
ISBN (DE)
978-3-96171-460-5

Karni is a Bafta nominated Filmmaker and photographer, part of directing duo—karni and Saul, together they make casual fantasy/mixed media, music videos, commercials, and films. Karni is British/Israeli and studied Art and Photography at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem. Karni is also an Eye mama and mother of two boys. Based in Bristol, UK.

She is the founder curator of the EYE MAMA PROJECT. Founded in pandemic it showcases “MAMA GAZE”. Photography looking at mama hood by photographer mamas worldwide. The project has been showcased in National Geographic, Vogue Italia, Creative review, British Journal of Photography and Stern magazine. And is currently being made into a worldwide book with teNeues, as well as being developed into an online archive exhibition talks and a tv series.

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