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
The first “test-tube baby” came into the world over 40 years ago. Since then, more than seven million children have been born through in vitro fertilization. While popular culture has led us to believe that every attempt of this biotechnology succeeds, the global success rate is just 27%. LET’S GET YOU PREGNANT! reveals the experience of failure of in vitro fertilization within the same social, political and medical systems that place motherhood at the forefront of women’s lives. An audio and museum installation creates a virtual conversation between 28 participants, including the artist, who have undergone failed in vitro fertilization cycles and have not become mothers. This exhibition invites the public to hear these 28 women, and question the links between science, socially-defined roles and procreation.