Invisible care work: Perspectives of a Mexican mother during COVID-19

Invisible Care Work: Perspectives of a Mexican Mother During COVID-19

Loren Irene Sandoval Arteaga

Critical commentary

For many middle-class working mothers in Mexico, the lockdowns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions allowed their children a glimpse of the care work they perform outside the private sphere for the first time. Such glimpses into the otherwise invisible care work, provide hints into how mothers subvert and resist broader structural oppressions within a Mexican context. This creative piece presents a series of photographs of the author’s mother taken between March 2020 and July 2020, during the first lockdown of the COVID-19 pandemic in Mexico. By implementing a participatory research method, the author contemplates the relationship with her mother and explores the hidden ways in which her mother challenges patriarchal structures in Mexico. At the same time, it invites viewers to gain insight into the various forms of invisible care work that is carried out by a middle-class Mexican mother and reflect on their own relationships with their maternal figures.