Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Effective, Defective, Creative: new ways of looking at dissability

Yinka Shonibare - effective, defective, creative


  • 2000
  • Video projection
  • Currently on display
  • Location: Talking Points, ground floor Wellcome Wing
"Effective, defective, creative investigates ethical dilemmas generated by advances in medicine. Shonibare persuaded pregnant women deemed to be 'at risk' of delivering a 'defective' baby to allow him to use moving-image footage of their ultrasound scans in his work. The artwork cycles through three phases of moving fetuses with visible, strong pulsing hearts flashing up one after the other. The first phase is labelled 'effective', the second 'defective' and the third is a montage of both labelled 'creative'. The work raises some unsettling questions about our attitudes towards the various ways a human baby may develop."(

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