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Silver 2020 Book / Documentary

The Quickening

  • Photographer
    Ying Ang

The Quickening explores the transformation and lived experience of a woman in her motherhood/matrescence and postpartum depression/anxiety. The work interrogates the under-represented transition of biological, psychological and social identity during a complex and yet ubiquitous phase of life. The task of navigating this new geography, the new days and nights, how you eat, how you sleep, how you love - this seismic transition - is called “matresence”. The Quickening details the claustrophobia, myopia, paradoxical loneliness and luminance of this transformative time.

Based in Melbourne, Australia, Ying Ang is an established photographer and author with extensive international exhibition history and has worked with The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Time, Vice, Huck, The Fader magazine and Lucasfilm. She graduated as valedictorian in the 2009-2010 class of Documentary Photography and Photojournalism at The International Centre of Photography, with a subsequent award and portfolio acquisition for the permanent collection of the Sagamihara City Museum in Japan.