Birth Currents

My grandparents were born at home. My parents were born at home. So were my sister, many of my cousins, my Dutch lovers, and most of my friends. In that same line, so was I. The Netherlands has a unique healthcare system particularly regarding birth; it is connected in such a way that women have a broad choice for their preferred circumstances for giving birth.

Especially during the past few decades, this system went through a rapid process of medicalisation, and the change is continuing at a high pace. As birth plays a major role in our human need for bonding, I dive into the changes around the birthing process; from intimate home births to the development of artificial wombs. 

Birth Currents has been exhibited in The Grey Space in the Middle and the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague. A review of the exhibition has been published by Metropolis M. De Correspondent has published the article ‘Wie is de baas tijdens jouw bevalling?’ along with 7 photos of the project. 

Birth Currents - Hanna Burgers