Undo Motherhood


Undo Motherhood explores the reasons why a significant number of women around the world today regret becoming mothers.


ISBN: 9789053309506 Category:

Diana Karklin


Shortlisted for the Singapore International Photography Festival

Undo Motherhood explores the reasons why a significant number of women around the world today regret becoming mothers. It points a finger at the patriarchal institution of motherhood, which from a very young age pushes women to become mothers and then abandons them, very often at the cost of their lives.

The women in this project love their children and are excellent mothers when judged according to society’s standards, and yet they hate the oppressive mother role that has robbed them of their own existence and suffer through it in silence, feeling it to be the worst mistake they have made. This book is a wake-up call for society which is built upon violence and discrimination against women and uses the myth of happy motherhood to keep women under control in a subservient role.

In this work Diana Karklin combines two narrative languages – her photographs and texts of the protagonists – to create a space for reflection. It is important to know that these women have either already told their children about their regrets or they are going to tell them in the future, so their participation in the project is in line with their decision. The project is based on the contrast between the typical sugar-coated images of motherhood in many (social) media compared to the real stories. The entire work is divided into seven chapters – published in seven separate books in a slipcase – where each chapter circles around the feeling that prevails in that mother’s life: anger, fear, isolation, exhaustion, guilt, resignation and acceptance. The last chapter stresses the importance of accepting regret in order to be able to deal with it in a constructive way.

“An honest, courageous, and radical book that without passing judgement gives a voice to women struggling with the experience of a social role that they do not want, experiencing guilt and the burden of moral expectations. A book that allows us to explore the other dimension of motherhood, a dimension that is always hidden in the shadow. It is necessary to look at motherhood as it is in all its aspects, in order to free it from prejudices, and to present vital options to both mothers and children who find themselves in this situation,”-Ana Casas Broda, photographer and author of “Kinderwunsch”, that explores the complexity of motherhood and the relationship with her two sons.”

Additional information

Weight 1268 g
Dimensions 17.6 x 23 cm
Publisher name Schilt Publishing
Publication date 17 June 2022
Number of pages 340
Format Hardback
Dimensions 17.6 x 23 cm
Weight 1268 g


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Diana Karklin (b 1981) is a professional photographer, whose personal projects revolve around women's issues, gender and feminism, which in her creative work she approaches from a poetic intimate angle. In her work she combines documentary type style with cinematographic elements, which she has inherited from her long trajectory in cinema production and distribution.

Karklin studied to become an International Master in Contemporary Photography and Personal Projects at the EFTI International Center for Photography and Cinema in Madrid (2014-2016), completed her photography training through workshops and courses in Mexico (The Active School of Photography), Russia (Photoplay) and Spain (Lens School of Visual Arts). Undo Motherhood is her first completed long-term project. It was selected for Descubrimientos PHE in 2017 and was among the top ten finalists at Fiebre Dummy Award 2020.