Saturday, January 04, 2014

ProLife Art?

The Pinchuk Art Cetre in Kiev is holding an art exhibition entitled Where There's a Will, There's a Way. It's dedicated to the theme of AIDS.

Now this piece by Ukranian artist Ilya Chichkan isn't meant to be a fetal rights piece, but it prominently features two stone sculptures of unborn babies, one in a female hand, another in a male hand:

Since the hands holding the sculptures are live, it's considered "performance art".

(I just wonder what those actors do all day, standing in back of a wall!)

The blurb is quite interesting:

This new work consists of two human hands that are each holding a tiny sculpture representing a “deformed” foetus. One is the hand of a woman, a metaphor of motherhood relating to AIDS as a risk for the unborn child, often infected inside the womb. The second hand is that of a man, a metaphor of (failed) protection.

I'm not sure what to make of this piece, but I'm very intrigued, and I'm always keen to underscore the presence of the unborn in contemporary art.