The contraceptive pill has revolutionised women’s lives, but also influenced much more: it creates a different version of ourselves, has an impact on the metabolism, the shape of our microbiome, the work of our immune system, and what goes on in our heads. Certain combinations of synthetic hormones used in some pills can higher the risk of breast cancer and thrombosis.
For this project I visited Dr. Catherine Brisken’s lab at EPFL in Lausanne and accompanied the scientists during the studies on this correlation.
Human tissues from the mammary glands are implanted into laboratory mice, which are then treated with artificial hormones. This research has revealed that certain hormone combinations in pills increase the risk of breast cancer more than others. The main culprit are progestins, synthetic mimics of the pregnancy hormone progesterone that stimulate cell growth in the breast.
In my work I was using different techniques to reveal these research outcome and raise the awareness on how important it is to make a better decision on which contraception to use

The Procreation Pill
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Currently based in: Marburg & Munich, Germany

Gina Bolle is a German artist and photographer. Her work deals with the dynamics of control and systematic oppression in intimate and public spaces. She is particularly interested in the impact that collective memory has on our society today. In her images, multimedia installations and assemblages, she questions the influence of modern visual image culture. She holds a Master of Arts from ECAL/Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne.

Innovate Grant 2023: Honorable Mention — Art

On view:
24.11. – 14.12.23: Binding Knots, Solo-exhibition at dkp / Spülraum in Lucerne, Switerland

Exhibitions & Awards:
dkp / Spülraum, Lucerne, Switzerland; BØWIE Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland; MiM, Munich, Germany; Das Zwo, Munich, Germany; Ballinstadt Museum, Hamburg, Germany;
Nominated for Kunstförderpreis at Aichacher Kunstverein; Innovate Grant 2023, Honorable Mention; Shortlisted for Athens Photofestival 2022, Greece; Winner Belfast Photofestival category „Photobook“ for „377. Inside India’s Queer Community“, Ireland; VG Bildkunst, Neustart Kultur, Scholarship Programme 2021

Photography clients & publications:
ZDF Deutschland, Münchener Biennale, Kammerspiele München, ZEIT Verlag, BISS Magazin, DER SPIEGEL, Spiegel Online, PlanTreff, Stadt München, Buero Aha, GEO Wissen, Focus Magazin, Goethe Institut, Sueddeutsche Zeitung Magazin Online,, klimaherbst e.V., muehlhausmoers, Aktion Mensch, Sozialcourage by Caritas, Herburg Weiland, Joblinge gAG amongst others


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