Momenta Art is pleased to present Marni Kotak’s X-Mas Fix, a performance and re-gifting party in conjunction with her site-specific installation Christmas in South Carolina in the exhibition Broken Homes, on view until January 22nd.
Within the scene set by her installation, Marni Kotak and her sister Wendi Bernstein will re-enact family arguments that consumed and ultimately ruined a family Christmas vacation. In revisiting the original events, Kotak and her sister have the chance to create a peaceful end to the strife. Seeking emotional catharsis and closure, they act out a desired outcome in which their family is able to communicate and find domestic harmony.
During the performance, Kotak and her sister will be serving homemade Christmas cookies and eggnog. In an attempt to re-write the past, audience members will be invited to help redecorate the Christmas tree. The audience is encouraged to bring wrapped unwanted Christmas gifts to place under the tree and re-gift in exchange for others.
Marni Kotak is a Brooklyn-based performance artist who makes multimedia works in which she presents her everyday life as art. She recently garnered worldwide attention for her Birth of Baby X exhibition in which she gave birth to her first son as a live performance at Microscope Gallery. Kotak’s other “Found Performances”, or works based on daily activities, experiences, or accomplishments, include staged re-enactments of her own birth (My Birth, 2011, Alice Chilton Gallery), attending her grandfather’s funeral (2009, English Kills) and losing her virginity in a blue Plymouth (Fountain Art Fair, Miami, 2010). She received a BA from Bard College and an MFA from Brooklyn College. For more information, visit www.marnikotak.com.