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‘A Szülés Természete’ The Natural Way Of Birth (http://www.youtube.com/verify_age?next_url=/watch%3Fv%3DCH0sRTYd17I) Helen Knowles

Medium: Four-colour screen-print on Fabriano paper 101 x 148 cm 1/3




 

‘A Szülés Természete’ The Natural Way Of Birth Helen Knowles - 2012

format: Screen print on Fabriano Paper
Image: Courtesy of the artist

The physical act of childbirth, that most primary element of human experience, has rarely been explored in fine art, even whilst other socially taboo bodily experiences are now regularly depicted and communicated for their ‘shock value’. Most taboo it seems is the actual event of birth, the moments of separation when the mother is pushing the child out of her body. Helen Knowles’ work is precisely focused on exploring and capturing these ambivalent moments of physical separation and psychological splitting. That ‘moment’, with the rise of information communication technologies is no longer an exclusively private event. Some women are now sharing their birthing experiences with millions of viewers who are part of the online video ‘community’ YouTube Broadcast Yourself. The intimate narrative of birth played out on the internet is of course ‘family viewing’ and yet it opens up the taboo yet undeniable link between sex and birth challenging the separation between women as mothers and women as sexual entities’Check out the new print by Helen Knowles from her Youtube series - actually taken from Agnes Gereb's, (imprisoned Hungarian Midwife) youtube video of her attending a birth. Being shown today and recently at the Manchester Contemporary!



‘A Szülés Természete’ The Natural Way Of Birth - Helen Knowles
Medium: Four-colour screen-print on Fabriano paper 101 x 148 cm 1/3
Date:  2012
Artist: Helen Knowles
Dimensions: 101 cm x 148cm
Edition: 1/3
Exhibition: Life Is Beautiful - 2012    
Installation View - Galerie Deadfly, Berlin
   





   



‘A Szülés Természete’ The Natural Way Of Birth - Helen Knowles
Medium: Four-colour screen-print on Fabriano paper 101 x 148 cm 1/3
Date:  2012
Artist: Helen Knowles
Dimensions: 101 cm x 148cm
Edition: 1/3
Exhibition: Life Is Beautiful - 2012    
Installation View - Galerie Deadfly, Berlin
 

 



           

Helen Knowles studied at Glasgow School of Art. She was awarded the Great Art Prize in 2012.  Recent shows include the Neo Art Prize, Neo Art Gallery (2012), "Digital Romantics', Dean Clough Gallery (2012) ‘Walls are Talking Whitworth Art Gallery (2010) and ‘After London’ (2010) Sassoon Gallery, Peckham. Her work is in The Whitworth Art Gallery Collection, Tate Library and Archive Collection, Birth Rites Collection and Gallery Oldham Collection.

Helen has received national and international coverage of her work in the Guardian, The Scotsman, The Times, a-n Magazine, Vogue and Manchester Metro News as well as delivering many radio interviews including Resonance Fm show ‘Enemies of Good Art’. A recipient of grants and awards from organisations which include; Arts Council England, Awards for All, The Network for Social Change, Beacon, Millennium UnLtd, The Royal College of Midwives, The North West Arts Board. Most recently she has been a recipient of the Arts Council England, grants for an individual, for the Youtube Portraits project. The Amateurs Trust and The Eaton Fund for Artists and Gentlewomen have also supported this project.


http://www.helenknowles.com/