At Happy Yess in Darwin, Austalia an art exhibit called Your Body, My Body is honoring the placenta. Mother, Megan Robertson, and a friend took photographs of her boys’ placentas for the exhibit in the conceptual style of Marcel Duchamp.
“It just made a lot of sense when the boys were born to give [the placenta] some importance and beauty,” she said.
“We thought about the framing and the [placement of the] brothers’ placentas, which we rearranged and entwined with their umbilical cords together. (Source)
“There’s beautiful reds and blue-purple colours and splashes of the blood patterns as well. I think they’re quite beautiful on a white sheet.”
The manager of Happy Yess had no reservations about the project.
“Ms. Robertson said her fascination with afterbirth was “sentimental” rather than spiritual, and she simply hoped to start a conversation among Happy Yess patrons.” (Source)
Ms Robertsons’ placentas are now buried underneath a plant.
This art exhibit will certainly start some conversations. It is refreshing to see another community embrace the act of honoring such an important, life giving organ. Photos of the artist and exhibit can be found here in the original story.
What do you think? Would you visit an art exhibit horning the placenta?