The triumph of new motherhood. Stillbirth. Full-time fatherhood. Single parenthood. Miscarriage. Bringing up a child near a warzone. Bilingual speech development. Postnatal depression. Infertility. Adoption. These are just some of the themes dealt with in the 39 works of art showcased as part of Project AfterBirth; the first ever international exhibition on the subject of early parenthood, launching at White Moose gallery, UK, this October. Each of the 39 works in the exhibition – which spans the visual, performance, literary, film and digital arts – were made in the 21st century and represent the personal pregnancy, birth or new parenthood experiences of 30 international contemporary male and female artists. Due to the lingering taboo status of parenthood in the contemporary art world and its perceived inferiority as a subject, most of the works have never been shown publicly before. At times hilarious and at times deeply moving, the exhibition stands to leave a lasting impression on parents, but will also resonate with anyone in terms of their own individual birth and childhood journeys. The exhibition is also a first in demonstrating the profound influence pregnancy, birth and new parenthood experiences can have on the practice of 21st century female and male artists.
Laura James Wray
Sat 3 Oct 2015 – Fri 13 Nov 2015
women and gender studies
“Project AfterBirth,” Artist Parent Index , accessed September 25, 2020, http://www.artistparentindex.com/items/show/19.
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