Marni Kotak, Microscope Gallery, Bushwick, doula, The Birth of Baby X, birthing pool

Bushwick’s Microscope Gallery was transformed into a birthing oasis for Kotak. All of the comforts of home were interlaced with Kotak’s custom art pieces that coincided with the exhibition. An inflatable birthing pool sits in the center of the room, next to Kotak’s grandmother’s bed, rocking chairs and other furniture. Photo printed rugs, pillows and blankets were strewn about, depicting Kotak and her husband, and also composites of what Baby X may look like.

Kotak spent the month preparing for the birth, mentally and physically, while also screening some of her recent performances on video. Assisted by a doula, Kotak gave birth to baby Ajax, born at 10:17 a.m. on October 25th, who weighed in a 9 lbs 2 ounces and was 21 inches long. Although the performance is now complete, the exhibition is open until November 7th. Microscope Gallery claims that “remnants from the birth” will be added to the exhibition, as well as a video of the birth that will be shown until the closing date.

Kotak has transformed her life into experiences of performance art. Her next is entitled “Raising Baby X,” in which she’ll ask her collectors and investors for assistance in the “performance of raising a child.”

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