Tal Sterngast

Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.)

Earlier generations of women, especially feminists, often linked their tribulations to childbearing and rearing; today, low birthrates throughout Western Europe have put children back on the political agenda in a different light. Yet despite the sweeping transformation in both attitudes and statistics, the theme of having and raising a family has hardly registered on the radar of contemporary art. The relative silence on the topic among artists born in the late ’60s and the ’70s—after the advent of the birth-control pill and in the prime of the women’s liberation movement—is striking, as the generation was the first product of a massive societal change that would make working mothers and single mothers (or both) the norm while introducing new phenomena, like fear of the ticking biological clock, the father on paternity leave, and the current low number of births. Add to this in-vitro

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