Artist Biography

Marni Kotak is an NYC artist who makes multimedia works in which she presents everyday life being lived. She is recognized for her “Found Performances”, or works based on daily activities, experiences, or accomplishments. In 2011, she received international attention for her durational performance “The Birth of Baby X”, where she gave birth to her son Ajax in an NYC art gallery.  Since then, she has been working on the ongoing “Raising Baby X: Little Brother”, where she outfits Ajax with a small wearable video camera capturing the intricacies of his infancy and toddlerhood from his own perspective. Other recent performances include “Calorie Countdown” (2013), “Postpartum Depression” (2012) and “X-mas Fix” (2012). Kotak has exhibited and performed at Microscope Gallery, Performa, Momenta Art, Radiator Arts, English Kills Art Gallery, The New York Center of Photography and The Moving Image, Grace Exhibition Space, Thomas Robertello Gallery (Chicago), The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art (Peekskill), Sama Tower, Abu Dabi, and Open Realization Contemporary Art Center, Beijing, among many others. Her work has been featured in national and international media such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Good Morning America, TIME, PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art, Village Voice, Hyperallergic and the Times of London. She is the winner of a 2012-2013 Franklin Furnace Fund award, a grant from the Brooklyn Arts Council, and a merit award for residency at the Contemporary Artists Center in Troy, NY. She received a BA from Bard College and an MFA from Brooklyn College and is represented by Microscope Gallery in Brooklyn, New York City.


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