Jennifer Long’s Imminent series is included in the latest publication, Natal Signs: Cultural Representations of Pregnancy, Birth and Parenting by Demeter Press.
Edited by Nadya Burton, the book explores some of the ways in which reproductive experiences are taken up in the rich arena of cultural production. The chapters in this collection pose questions, unsettle assumptions, and generate broad imaginative spaces for thinking about representation of pregnancy, birth, and parenting. They demonstrate the ways in which practices of consuming and using representations carry within them the productive forces of creation. Bringing together an eclectic and vibrant range of perspectives, this collection offers readers the possibility to rethink and reimagine the diverse meanings and practices of representations of these significant life events. Engaging theoretical reflection and creative image making, the contributors explore a broad range of cultural signs with a focus on challenging authoritative representations in a manner that seeks to reveal rather than conceal the insistently problematic and contestable nature of image culture. Natal Signs gathers an exciting set of critically engaged voices to reflect on some of life’s most meaningful moments in ways that affirm natality as the renewed promise of possibility.
Jennifer Long is an artist, curator and educator holding a BAA from Ryerson University and a MFA from York University. Her artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally, reproduced in numerous Canadian and European publications, and received funding support from the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, and The Canada Council for The Arts. Long works at OCAD University as an Assistant Professor in the Photography Program and the Associate Chair of Cross-Disciplinary Art Practices.