Birthing Bodies explores childbirth through a feminist lens, examining ideas of autonomy, power, and liminality. As a ubiquitous event, birth need not be relegated to a strictly female, maternal experience; instead, the exhibition explores birth as elemental, an incredible physical feat, and perhaps the strongest human lesson in formation and connectivity.
The works in this exhibition counter the image of the pregnant and birthing body as either a romanticized maternal ideal or, within the realm of medicine, a machine: a means of production that needs institutional intervention. Instead, the artists of this exhibition represent the female body, pregnant body, or birthing body as a site of strength and power. Ultimately, each work asks us to consider how we shape and are shaped by each other, and to understand birthing bodies as powerful agents rather than helpless subjects.