Thursday, April 17, 2008

Abortion as Art?

A senior at Yale puts an art project on display next week documenting nine months of repeated artificial insemination paired with abortion-inducing drugs, the Yale Daily News reported.

If you're not already yammying in your mouth, there's more. The student, Aliza Shvarts, will include in her exhibition video recordings of the forced miscarriages and preserved collections of blood from the process.

And if you haven't already figured it out, Shvarts' intention with all this insanity is to "spark conversation and debate on the relationship between art and the human body," the Yale Daily News reported. As you can well imagine, there's already been a bit of a to-do about the installation; from students bitching from all ends of the abortion-stance spectrum that Shvarts' project "does everything from violate moral code to trivialize abortion."
The display of Schvarts' project will feature a large cube suspended from the ceiling of a room in the gallery of Green Hall. Schvarts will wrap hundreds of feet of plastic sheeting around this cube; lined between layers of the sheeting will be the blood from Schvarts' self-induced miscarriages mixed with Vaseline in order to prevent the blood from drying and to extend the blood throughout the plastic sheeting.Schvarts will then project recorded videos onto the four sides of the cube. These videos, captured on a VHS camcorder, will show her experiencing miscarriages in her bathrooom tub, she said. Similar videos will be projected onto the walls of the room.

Like any other typical college senior hell-bent on being different and shocking, Shvarts denies her project was created for shock value; instead post-modernly waxing, "I hope it inspires some sort of discourse. Sure, some people will be upset with the message and will not agree with it, but it's not the intention of the piece to scandalize anyone." Cute.

So what about the donors? Shvarts found some volunteers (this is college, after all!), requiring them to merely take STD tests periodically. She did not disclose how many donors she used; or how many times she inseminated herself. As for her numerous miscarriages: Shvarts expressed no concern regarding medical effects; and noted the abortifacient drugs were legal and herbal. Therefore, like any young thing, Shvarts didn't deem it necessary to see any doctors about all the miscarriages.

[Originally posted at playgirl.com/blog]

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