About

Love in a Mist. The Politics of Fertility
10.28.2019-12.20.2019
Druker Design Gallery, Harvard GSD

Love in a Mist: The Politics of Fertility is curated by Malkit Shoshan, Area Head of Art, Design, and the Public Domain (ADPD) MDes at Harvard GSD and founding director of the Foundation for Achieving Seamless Territory (FAST), an Amsterdam- and New York-based think-tank that develops projects and campaigns at the intersection of architecture, urban planning, design, and human rights.

Love in a Mist: The Politics of Fertility is generously supported by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York as part of the Dutch Culture USA program.

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Curator, research, and exhibition design
Malkit Shoshan

Participating activists, artists, and designers
Atelier Van Lieshout
Yael Bartana
Lori Brown
Desirée Dolron
Foundation for Achieving Seamless Territory (FAST)
Rebecca Gomperts
Bernie Krause
Zacharias Kunuk
Ian Mauro
Tabita Rezaire
Women on Waves
Women on Web
Diana Whitten

Graphic design
Sandra Kassenaar

Graphic design assistant
Anna Moschioni

Typeface
Elizabeth Ignota by Sriwhana Spong and Sandra Kassenaar

Copy editor
Janine Armin

Research assistant
Carolina Sepulveda

Production
Dan Borelli
David Zimmerman-Stuart

Installers
Ray Coffey
Jef Czekaj
Anita Kan
Sarah Lubin
Jesuś Matheus
Joanna Vouriotis

Production assistant
Inés Benitez Gómez

Thank you
Mohsen Mostafavi, Rebecca Gomperts, Krzysztof Wodiczko, and Matthijs Bouw for the invitation, inspiration, and support. Yael Bartana, Inés Benitez Gómez, Dan Borelli, Lori Brown, Ray Coffey, Jef Czekaj, Desirée Dolron, Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson, Jennifer Hamilton, Anita Kan, Sandra Kassenaar, Bernie Krause, Zacharias Kunuk, Atelier Van Lieshout, Sarah Lubin, Jesus Matheus, Ian Mauro, Astrida Neimanis, Tabita Rezaire, Carolina Sepu´lveda, Diana Whitten, Joanna Vouriotis, and David Zimmerman-Stuart for your generous contributions to the exhibition.

The books, essays, lectures, and activism of Paulla Ebron, Barbara Ehrenreich, Deirdre English, Silvia Federici, Donna Haraway, Ann Hibner Koblitz, John M. Riddle, Our Bodies Ourselves, Carolyn Merchant, Maria Puig de la Bellacasa, and Anna Tsing inspired and laid the intellectual foundation for this exhibition.

Love in a Mist: The Politics of Fertility is generously supported by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York as part of the Dutch Culture USA program.

Biographies

Atelier Van Lieshout was founded by the sculptor Joep van Lieshout in 1995 in Rotterdam. The company creates and fabricate widely exhibited works. The name emphasizes the fact that although the sculptor founded and leads the studio, the work produced stems from the creative impulses of the entire team. Recurring themes in the work include self-sufficiency, power, politics, and the more classical life and death.

Yael Bartana is a video artist who explores the imagery of cultural identity. In her photographs, films, and installations, Bartana critically investigates her native country Israel’s struggle for identity. Her early work documents collective rituals introducing alienation effects such as slow-motion and sound. In her recent work the artist stages situations and introduces fictive moments into real existing narratives.

Lori Brown is co-founder of ArchiteXX, a group dedicated to transforming the architecture profession for women. She is a registered architect, an author, and associate professor at Syracuse University. Her research focuses on architecture and social justice issues with particular emphasis on gender and its impact upon spatial relationships.

Desirée Dolron is a Dutch photographer who lives and works in Amsterdam. Her photographs portray a variety of styles and subjects involving documentary, still lifes, portraits, and architecture.

Foundation for Achieving Seamless Territory (FAST) is an Amsterdam- and New York-based think-tank that develops projects and campaigns at the intersection of architecture, urban planning, design, and human rights.

Rebecca Gomperts is a doctor based in Amsterdam and founder of Women on Waves and Women on Web, which provides reproductive health services for women in countries where it is not provided. In 2013 and 2014, she was included in the BBC’s 100 Women. In 2018, she founded Aid Access, which operates in the US. A trained abortion specialist and activist, she is generally considered the first abortion rights activist to cross international borders.

Bernie Krause is an American musician and soundscape ecologist. In 1968, he founded Wild Sanctuary, an organization dedicated to the recording and archiving of natural soundscapes. Krause is an author, a bio-acoustician, a speaker, and natural sound artist who coined the terms geophony, biophony, and anthropophony, and, as a founder of the field, was germane to the definition and structure of soundscape ecology. Krause holds a PhD in Creative (Sound) Arts with an internship in bioacoustics from Union Institute & University in Cincinnati.

Tabita Rezaire is a French video artist, health-tech-politics practitioner, and Kemetic/ Kundalini yoga teacher based in Cayenne, French Guyana. Her practices unearth the possibilities of decolonial healing through the
politics of technology.

Malkit Shoshan is the founding director of the Foundation for Achieving Seamless Territory (FAST), an Amsterdam- and New York-based think-tank that develops projects and campaigns at the intersection of architecture, urban planning, design, and human rights. She is a researcher, author, and designer and the Area Head of Art, Design, and the Public Domain (ADPD) MDes at Harvard GSD.

Women on Waves is a Dutch pro-choice nongovernmental organization (NGO) created in 1999 by Dutch physician Rebecca Gomperts, in order to bring reproductive health services, particularly non-surgical abortion services and education, to women in countries with restrictive abortion laws. Women on Web is the online sister organization of Women on Waves.