A book of text and image, My Birth interweaves photographs of the artist
Carmen Winant’s mother giving birth to her three children with found
images of other, anonymous, women undergoing the same bodily
experience. As the pictorial narrative progresses, from labor through
delivery, the women’s postures increasingly blend into one another,
creating a collective body that strains and releases in unison.
In addition to the photographic sequence, My Birtha facsimile of
Winant’s own journalincludes an original text by the artist exploring the
shared, yet solitary, ownership of the experience of birth. My Birth asks:
What if birth, long shrouded and parodied by popular culture, was made
visible? What if a comfortable and dynamic language existed to describe it?
What if, in picturing the process so many times over and insisting on its
very subjectivity, we understood childbirth, and its representation, to be a
My Birth, coincides with Winant’s on-site installation at the Museum of
Modern Art’s Being: New Photography 2018. The complimentary projects
were conceived of together, directly following the birth of the artist’s first
child and while she was pregnant with her second.
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