This live art event features my third baby Sid, who was born on the 7th August 2007. This performance stages the daily labour of mothering, in particular the bathtime/bedtime routine.
In addition to performing ‘baby bedtime routine’ on stage, I will deliver extracts from my diary, which I have kept on a daily basis since the last month of pregnancy. This diary has for me become a generative, critical and contemplative space which charts, marks and critiques the notions of the maternal in the time around the baby’s birth. The diary will also take the form of audio-visual footage projected as a backdrop to my action on stage.
My aim with ‘Sid Jonah Anderson by Lena Simic’ is to de-authorise a private-intimate/public-citizen binary and acknowledge the labour of parenting within an arts context.