By Soraya Chemaly
The newest issue of Hip Mama magazine features a photograph of artist Ana Alvarez-Errecald standing, topless, holding her baby. He’s wearing a Spiderman costume and she is wearing the mask. The child is breastfeeding at one of her breasts and holding his hand over the other. After distributors expressed concern about having the magazine on US newsstands, HipMama was forced to publish not one, but two, covers: a “family-friendly” one that ensured it would be sold on newsstands and in supermarkets in which her bared breast is hidden by a large red dot and another, mailed to subscribers, in which her child’s hand on her breast will be apparent. Alvarez-Errecald’s most prominent earlier work, a diptych titled “The Birth of My Daughter,” is also being published in the magazine. Trust me, that piece will not be appearing on magazine covers anytime soon.
The cover image has been removed on Facebook as obscene and the artists’ Facebook page was, erroneously or not, unpublished. It cataloged her work, which included other images of bare breasts and had more than 2,000 followers, now lost to her.