’Birth Undisturbed' is a fictional narrative series by British photographer Natalie Lennard. Travelling through the world and history to depict birth from ancient to modern, and squalid to famous, the series uses images and video to present stories of women both real and imagined, staging birth at its most primally powerful to enlighten and inform. Highlighting key figureheads and writers from the realm of birth philosophy, its timeliness is ever more appropriate in a global maternity and birth crisis.
The series is in progress. Part 1 releases Nov - Dec 2017, followed by Parts 2 & 3 in 2018.
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About the Artist
Natalie Lennard (b. 1986) is a fine-art and commercial photographer whose work has been exhibited in the Saatchi Gallery, Houses of Parliament and Waldermarsudde Museum, Sweden, and featured in media worldwide including BBC, NY Arts, and El Pais. Originating as artist alter ego 'Miss Aniela' in 2006, her work of 11 years has fused classical with modern, and fashion with fine art, to create an intricate balance of contemporary creativity. 'Birth Undisturbed' is her first major project to focus on a biosocial topic and with documentary accompaniment. Main website and CV at www.missaniela.com
“Open any obstretic textbook to headless torsos, forceps blades inserted… generations of medical students have been taught with images like these to see women’s bodies as depersonalised, fragmented and sexless. birth as a mechanical dilemma. Images of birth which celebrate the energy of women’s bodies could be on the walls of every hospital… and start to acknowledge birth as a psychosexual experience” — Sheila Kitzinger
“By intermingling the language of the heart and the scientific language [we] can drive the history of childbirth towards a radical and inspiring new direction.” — Michel Odent
“When we as a society begin to value mothers as the givers and supporters of life, then we will see social change in ways that matter.” — Ina May