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Mother Tongue #6

190 x 240 mm, 132 pages
Houston/Los Angeles, US
First published 2021
Founders/editors: Melissa Goldstein and Natalia Rachlin
Creative director and designer: Vanessa Saba

Mother Tongue was launched by two mothers tired of the traditional media portrayal of motherhood. In place of idealised aspiration and agony aunt problem-solving, the boldly-designed magazine focuses on the complex, real lives of mothers and the issues they share around ‘art, sex, pop culture, politics, food and a few things in between.’

This edition is the sixth (they grow up so fast!) and leads with artist/writer Miranda July. Inside, the team explore ‘the coexistence of seemingly incompatible things—humor and trauma with filmmaker Lulu Wang and author Priyanka Mattoo; rejecting pregnancy and embracing motherhood with writer Samantha Mann, and attempting to solve the mysteries of self with no real clues to go on with poet Maggie Smith,’ and much much more.

On the Journal:
At work with Mother Tongue, ‘The pandemic was definitely our spark, because we both (had to) put work on pause to stay home with our kids when schools shut down in the spring of 2020. The load on mothers the world over just got so intense, and we felt like there were so few arenas to have candid, more nuanced conversations about the realities of motherhood today...’

On Vimeo:
magCulture meets Mother Tongue, recorded at the magCulture Shop on 30 June 2022.
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