Creative Push: A Project About Birth

Mothers, mothers-to-be and anyone who’s been born (that would be all of you) can share and discover intimate stories and images through Creative Push.

What is Creative Push?

Creative Push is a multimedia visual art and oral history project that focuses on the most formative of human experiences: birth.

Conceived (no pun intended) by Phoenix artist Forrest Solis, this project includes several events: an art exhibit, film screening,  sound recordings and a brown bag lunch.

Creative Push group exhibition

Opening on Friday, February 5, 2016 6 pm-9 pm, the Creative Push Group Exhibition will be held at the Step Gallery on the ASU Downtown campus. Works include painting, photography, performance and sounds–all related to unique birthing stories. Artists were invited to listen to a birth story and then interpret it, or their own story, into a work of art. The exhibit will be available for viewing February 4-13 Thursday-Friday, 12 pm-7 pm and Saturdays 12 pm- 5 pm.

Motherhood Archives film screening

Archival montage, science fiction, and an homage to 70s feminist filmmaking are woven together to form this haunting and lyrical essay film excavating hidden histories of childbirth in the twentieth century.

On Friday, February 5 from 4-6 pm, there will be a screening of Motherhood Archives, a film by Irene Lusztig. Learn about the history and process of birth–a practice as old as life. This film is fascinating and informative for all–whether a mother or someone interested in the process of pregnancy and birth.

Sound recordings: a verbal history

Visit the project website and click on one of four topics: Connection, Faith, Trauma or Sensory to view artwork and listen to stories of childbirth. These stories bring to light the common but very transformative experience of being pregnant and having a child.

Brown Bag discussion

Bring your lunch and be prepared for a candid discussion on the ASU Tempe campus. Creative Push: Changing the Way Women See and Talk About Birth. This event takes place on April 4, 2016, in the Social Sciences Building, Room 109 on the ASU Tempe Campus, 12 pm-1:15 pm.

Source: Project website for Creative Push