Sharon Alward



A performance ritual of grief, reconciliation and healing, Zuma explores the social construction of shadow mothers. Zuma is both a physical place and a metaphor for ambiguous loss.

“A woman in white—alone, walking barefoot on snow and ice—wends her way over jagged freezing rocks. The woman is Sharon Alward, providing us with a powerful symbol of the pain and exile experienced by many thousands of Canadian mothers. These are not ordinary mothers. They are women who have been marginalized by the decades-old cruel practice of separating unmarried mothers from their babies.”

- Karen Lynn, President, Canadian Council of Natural Mothers

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