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“, photographic series
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Gina Bolle is a visual artist and freelance photographer from Munich, DE who currently lives in and runs a studio near Marburg, DE. Her multimedia installations and assemblages deal with the dynamics of control and oppression in intimate spaces. She is particularly interested in the intentions behind certain photographs and the impact of visual memory on each individual. She holds a Master of Arts from ECAL/Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne.

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Interviews and articles: Innovate Grant 2023: Honorable Mention — Art, Bowie creators: Social Injustice Through The Lens

Exhibitions: dkp / SpĂŒlraum, Lucerne, CH; BØWIE Gallery, Geneva, CH; CICA Museum, KR; MiM, Munich, DE; Das Zwo, Munich, DE; amongst others

Nominations and awards: Nominated for the Förderpreis 2024 der Landeshauptstadt MĂŒnchen; nominated for Kunstförderpreis 2023 at Aichacher Kunstverein; Innovate Grant 2023, Honorable Mention; 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, Kammerspiele MĂŒnchen, ZEIT Verlag, BISS Magazin, DER SPIEGEL, Stadt MĂŒnchen, MĂŒnchener Biennale, GEO Wissen, Focus Magazin, Goethe Institut, Sueddeutsche Zeitung Magazin Online, Aktion Mensch, Herburg Weiland, amongst others

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