WOMBS

WOMBS, Margherita Pevere

Wombs the series meditates on sexuality and hormonal contraception from an environmental, more-than-human perspective

2018 – 2019

 

WOMBS sur Makery, par Rob La Frenais

WOMBS on Makery, by Rob La Frenais

 

This project, which integrates Margherita Pevere's doctoral thesis work at the University of Aalto in Helsinki, is supported by the National Agency for Education in Finland and the Kone Foundation.

 

Our leaky materiality entwines our everyday choices with a multitude of other bodies, living and non/living, human and non/human, in bonds of mutual vulnerability. The series Wombs meditates on sexuality and hormonal contraception from an environmental, more-than-human perspective

 

Bodies are unsealed, unstable, leaky. The fluids in our cells connect us to deep time waters while molecules are digested, accumulated, excreted in the flow of mucus, sweat, urine. Our leaky materiality entwines our everyday choices with a multitude of other bodies, living and non/living, human and ahuman, in bonds of mutual vulnerability. The series Wombs meditates on sexuality and hormonal contraception from an environmental, more-than-human perspective. The project propagates through interconnected interventions featuring biological art, performance, and photography. The project reclaims the importance of hormonal contraception and therapy. Sex steroids in hormonal contraceptives modulate human sexual organs to prevent pregnancy. Yet, the same molecules may trigger the endocrine system of other organisms. On that basis, Wombs wonders how the progestine-based contraceptive I take may link my body to other, ahuman bodies. By reclaiming vulnerability and toxic embodiment, Wombs prompts a critical rethinking of the discourses on sexuality and contraception as a human-only experience enclosed in one's own body. living biofilm-producing bacterial colonies. Its culture medium is infused with hormones metabolites and residues I extracted from my urine by re-staging scientific methods. The piece celebrates scientific glassware as organs outside the body that accompany the negotiation with living matter in biolab practice.

 W .01 and W. 03 at Art Laboratory Berlin, credit: Tim Deussen.

Margherita Pevere (DE)

is an internationally acknowledged artist and researcher whose practice glides across biological arts and performance with a distinctive visceral signature. Her transdisciplinary inquiry hybridizes biolab practice, biotechnology, ecology, environmental politics, gender and death studies, with a healthy dose of hacking attitude to create arresting installations and performances that hunt today’s surging ecological complexity. Her body of work is a blooming garden crawling with genetically edited bacteria, cells extracted from her body, sex hormones, microbial biofilm, bovine blood, slugs, growing plants and decomposing biological remains. She would not be the artist and researcher she is today without the many collaborations with practitioners from different disciplines in art, science and humanities. Together with Marco Donnarumma and Andrea Familari, she recently co-founded the artists’ group Fronte Vacuo to realize performances made of bodies, symbionts, sounds, machines and images. She is completing a PhD (Artistic Research) at Aalto University on biological arts and feminist theory. She is member of the Finnish Bioart Societyand of Posthumanities HubRecent accolades include the Digital Art Award of Romaeuropa Festival (with Donnarumma), the Honorable Mention at the Share Prizeand a research grant of Kone In 2019, she was selected for the European Media Art Platforms EMARE program at KONTEJNER | bureau of contemporary art praxis.

 

Interview