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In Antepartum, a single close-up shot records the artist stroking her abdomen, at full term, as the unborn baby moves. Kelly was among a group of artists in London who were influenced by the experimental film movement, and notions of real time and duration are central to Antepartum’s repetitive gesture. The film was a prologue to Kelly's iconic Post-Partum Document.


Antepartum, 1973
Video loop transferred from Super 8 film, black-and-white
1:30 minutes

Collection Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

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