Helen KNOWLES is an artist and curator at the Birth Rites Collection, who studied at Glasgow School of Art (BA Hons) and Goldsmiths University (MFA), and is based in Manchester. Knowles’s work is collaborative and thematically wide-reaching, exploring subjects from birth, to the economy and artificial intelligence. In her work A szülés természete [The natural way of birth] (2012)–an appropriated image taken from YouTube home birthing videos–Knowles questions cultural attitudes to birth and presents viewers with a ‘screen-grabbed’ close-ups of women’s faces exhaling and reclining at the moment the baby crowns, offering an alternative reading of the experiences of child-birth.
Recent exhibitions include; ‘Private View: Public Birth’ (2013) at Goldsmiths University, London, ‘Life is Beautiful’ (2012) at Galerie Deadfly in Berlin (2012); and ‘Walls are Talking’ (2010) at Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester. Her work is held in public and private collections including, The Joan Flasch Artist Book Collection, Winchester Special Collections, The National Art Library, RCA and GSA Special Collections, The Whitworth Art Gallery, Tate Library and Archive, Museum of Motherhood, New York and Birth Rites Collection.