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
Gina Bolle is a visual artist and photographer living in Lausanne, Switzerland, and Munich, Germany. She works as an interdisciplinary artist in photography, multimedia installation and assemblage. Her work explores the domains of control dynamics from domestic to public space. Her installations, performances and assemblages are about exposing the hidden dangers and ideologies of power systems. She holds a Master of Arts from ECAL/Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne.
Currently on view: La Collective x BØWIE Gallery, La Maison Des Femmes*, Geneva, Switzerland (until March 2024)
Exhibition & Awards: BØWIE Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland; MiM, Munich, Germany; Das Zwo, Munich, Germany; Ballinstadt Museum, Hamburg, Germany; Latinxs, Leipzig, Germany; 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
Clients & Publications : klimaherbst e.V., 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, VICE.com, muehlhausmoers, Aktion Mensch, Sozialcourage by Caritas, Herburg Weiland, Joblinge gAG, Wunder Magazin, Rainbow Refugees Stories etc.
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