Antes de la oxitocina
Indirect painting, Installation, video and performance
The artworks that found expression in this exhibition where created as a reaction to three main factors that influenced me strongly during my experience as pregnant woman:
The exciting experience of pregnancy were troubled by the continuous state of waiting. Waiting for the solution of my social situation (access to medical insurance, stability of economic situation, right to benefits and government support). Waiting to obtain sufficient information about the birth: how does it all happen? who is or is not present?
To feel the complete loss of control over medical, administrative and social actions and decisions that were happening around me. An example of this was to be denied to decide what procedure(s) would be applied for my pregnancy and delivery, thus being forced to accept what was socially determined as correct.
THE CONFRONTATION WITH MY STATUS AS MIGRANT AND AS WOMAN:
My efforts to experience myself as an individual equal to others were strongly questioned.
The discrepancies were more palpable than ever, as a migrant in terms of rights and access to benefits, and even access to information.
As a woman, I was confronted with my new status as public object and disposable container. My body as a territory was, especially during that time, a territory of political discussion and polarization.