Heidi Barkun. LET’S GET YOU PREGNANT!
Graduating Master’s student in Visual and Media Arts (MFA), UQAM, with a concentration in Feminist Studies
Artist: Heidi Barkun
February 7, 2020 - March 21, 2020
Opening: February 6, 2020, 5:30 pm
From a young age, it is conveyed to women that motherhood is central to their identity. Seen as a solution to infertility or childlessness, in vitro fertilization is a modern convenience in which we are led to believe that every attempt succeeds. However it is an experimental biomedical technology with a global success rate of only 25%. LET’S GET YOU PREGNANT! exposes the experience of failure of in vitro fertilization from within the social, political and medical systems that place motherhood at the forefront of women’s lives. A sound installation creates a virtual conversation between 28 female participants, including the artist, who have gone through failed treatment cycles and who are not mothers. Artefacts from these cycles complete the exhibition.