Lucy Beech’s solo exhibition Hyperstimulation presents a new film accompanied by a text by Naomi Pearce.
The looping film, entitled Reproductive Exile, follows the fictional story of a woman undertaking cross-border fertility treatment. The film is set in private international clinic in the Czech Republic, where lack of legislation associated with reproductive rights sustains a booming fertility industry. Here the intended parent is introduced to ‘Eve’ (short for Evatar), a robotic version of the female reproductive system. Addressing gender bias in biomedical research and based on developments in reproductive science, ‘Eve’ is the future of drug testing in women and personalised medicine.
As the intended parent discovers more about her body’s incapacity to produce the hormones she needs, she becomes obsessed with Eve, confiding in her about the fertility drugs she injects daily, derived in some cases from pregnant horse urine and in others from concentrated urine of menopausal women.
This 30-minute film reveals an intricate network of invisible, co-dependent female bodies. These humans and nonhumans work, care, and provide for the protagonist’s reproductive journey.
This film contains sensitive material and may not be suitable for people aged under 16.
Lucy Beech’s Reproductive Exile (2018) is co-commissioned by Lafayette Anticipations – Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette, Paris; De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-On-Sea and Tramway, Glasgow
Lucy Beech (born in 1985) lives and works in London and Berlin. Her films are often situated between documentary and fiction and engage with communities of marginalised women, structures of care and wellbeing and the economies deployed around these themes.
She has explored how contexts such as biomedicine, death, wellness, diagnosis and illness are framed, and linked to the production of visibility in relation to the female body.
15 September – 2 December 2018
De La Warr Pavilion,
Open every day, free
In her solo exhibition Hyperstimulation, Lucy Beech presents a new film
accompanied by a text by Naomi Pearce.
Characterised by the entrapment of a perpetual journey, the looping film, entitled Reproductive Exile, follows the fictional story of a woman engaging in cross-border, assisted reproduction and reveals the protagonist’s dependency on an intricate constellation of invisible, co-dependent female bodies, human and non-human, that work, care, constitute and provide for her reproductive journey. These bodies are linked by the production and sharing of animal and human sex hormones central to reproductive technologies.
The story unfolds in a private, international clinic built in a former public sanatorium in Czech Republic, where the lack of legislation associated with reproductive rights offers a degree of freedom to a diverse range of commissioning parents who are driven to the country by a range of social, political and economic forces, whilst sustaining a booming fertility industry.
Here, the protagonist is introduced to ‘Eve’ (short for Evatar), a three-dimensional representation of the female reproductive system. Based on research into recent developments in reproductive science, ‘Eve’ is the future of drug testing in women and personalised medicine.
Pre-clinical research on women’s health has historically involved mostly male-derived cells and male animals. These practices have resulted in a lack of information about female physiology. Eve addresses this historical absence of the female body in the history of its own treatment and, as the protagonist discovers more about her body’s incapacity to produce the hormones she needs, she becomes obsessed with Eve, confiding in her about the drugs she injects daily, derived in some cases from pregnant horse urine and in others from the urine of menopausal women. Focusing on this flow of bodily waste and bodily revenue streams, Beech addresses the power and agency of reproductive relations.
Lucy Beech’s Reproductive Exile (2018) is co-commissioned by Lafayette Anticipations – Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette, Paris; De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea and Tramway, Glasgow.
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