What is it with pregnant women these days? Earlier this week it was a pregnant woman who ran a marathon and then gave birth hours later. Today it’s a pregnant woman who plans on giving birth to her first child at an art gallery. Yes, an art gallery. A public art gallery. Seriously.
Artist Marni Kotak is turning the birthing process into performance art with ‘The Birth of Baby X,’ and she has set up shop at a Brooklyn gallery, transforming it into a birthing room, patiently waiting for the big day to arrive—which should be any day now. By her side will be her husband, midwife and doula, and in front of them…a live audience to experience the miracle of life up close and personal.
Would I want to be part of the audience? No thank you. There are enough reality shows on TV to last a lifetime. Would I ever consider a giving birth in public? Hell to the no! Yes, giving birth is beautiful, special, a miracle, and you can even call it art, but I’m not calling myself and artist nor am I going to pop one out in public for art’s sake. Actually, both my kids were C-sections so I wonder how that would pan out in the art world.
Kotak explains to the press that “human life itself is the most profound work of art, and that therefore giving birth, the greatest expression of life, is the highest form of art.” Heck if she was a true artist, she really missed the mark. She should have started the “installation” nine months ago when Baby X was conceived.
What do you think? Is this art or asinine? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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