Fertility Fest @ ESHRE
What is ESHRE? It’s the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology and every year, in a different European city, it hosts the biggest conference for the fertility industry in the world. Think 13,000 professionals – scientists, doctors, embryologists, nurses - who knew there were so many people working to make you a baby?!
In 2018 we were invited take a mini version of Fertility Fest to ESHRE Barcelona. You can read more about it here.
We’re delighted to have been invited back, this time to Vienna from 24 - 26 June. Read all about it here.
Monday 24 June - Wednesday 26 June 2019
MESSE WIEN Exhibition & Congress Center
1020 Wien/Vienna, Austria
2019 ESHRE Artists
Dee Harvey is the co-writer and director of IF - one of the first ever virtual reality film dramas about the experience of infertility. Drawn from interviews with men and women who have been on a fertility journey, it tells the fictional story of Claudia and Josh, a married couple who decide to go for IVF treatment when their hopes of naturally conceiving fail. With their finances, relationship and bodies put under a microscope, they discover if their love is enough to carry them through.
IF stars Kerry Gooerson & Simon Lyshon; written by Nirpal Bhogal, Katie Boyles & Dee Harvey; directed by Dee Harvey; and produced by Chi Thai. Funded by Google, You Tube, BFI and Northern Irish Screen.
We will be screening IF throughout the conference – come and book a slot on the virtual reality headsets.
British artist Faye graduated from art college as a mature student in 2018, achieving a first class honours for a body of paintings and sculptural work that explored themes of female identity, infertility and maternal loss.
Since a young age Faye knew that achieving motherhood was going to be a challenge for her, however she was encouraged to believe that embarking on IVF would offer her the family that she had always dreamed of. After five years of unsuccessful treatment, it was time to let go. Focusing on the positive, she channelled that energy into her art practice and will be exhibiting two of her visceral sculptural pieces and talking about the work that has inspired her healing process.
For more details see: fayeglen.com
Viennese writer Gertraud Klemm will be reading from and discussing her autobiographic book Muttergehause (published in 2016) which looks at involuntary childlessness and adoption.
Getraud Klemm was born in 1971 in Vienna and lives in the city with her husband and their two adopted sons from South Africa. After her university degree in biology she worked as a consultant, examining drinking water, for the Council of Vienna, before she started writing. Since then she has won several literary prizes and scholarships including the Public’s Choice Award of the Ingeborg Bachmann competition (2014) as well as being shortlisted for the European Union Prize for Literature (2015). Her past novels include Erbsenzählen, (2017) and Aberland (2015) and her newest novel Hippocampus will be published by Kremayr & Scheriau in August 2019.
For more details see gertraudklemm.at
Canadian artist Heidi Barkun explores constructions of identity through a transdisciplinary art practice, seen through a feminist and scientific lens. The focus on infertility in her recent work follows six years of failed attempts at in vitro fertilization (IVF). Heidi has exhibited her artworks in Canada, the United States, South America, and Europe. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Visual & Media Arts and Feminist Studies at Université du Québec à Montréal, where she received numerous scholarships for her art and research into infertility and IVF failure.
In the textile work Unnamed, fragments of used baby clothes are sewn together as imagined scientific constructions of seven embryos created in the lab during Heidi’s five failed cycles of in vitro fertilization. Erratic red stitches join protruding pieces of footed pyjamas, cotton onesies, terrycloth bath towels, and printed caps. These Frankenstein-like creatures, secured to the wall with dissection pins, exteriorize the seeds that failed intrauterine implantation.
For more details see: www.heidibarkun.com
Maria Arlamovsky, the Vienna-based director of the 2016 film Future Baby will be talking about her reasons for making the documentary, what she learnt from it and the reactions she’s had from around the world. A brilliant and detailed film which sheds light on the complex field of reproductive science from different perspectives, Maria visited scientists, doctor, academics and patients including egg donors and surrogate mothers and the first generation of artificially begotten children. Through this she offers an unparalleled exploration of the achievements and advances as well as the complexity and consequences of reproductive science and explores what it means for future society when biological boundaries dissolve and technology inscribes itself into the origin of life, ultimately asking the question – is there a right to children at any price?
For more details see futurebaby.at
Studio Job, Joris & Marieke
Marieke Blaauw - Founder of the Academy Award nominated Dutch animation studio Job Joris & Marieke - will be talking about and presenting their short film Otto – which tells the story of an involuntarily childless woman and her imaginary child.
Job, Joris & Marieke was founded in 2007 by Job Roggeveen, Joris Oprins and Marieke Blaauw. In 2015 their short film A Single Life was nominated for an Academy Award® in the category best animated short. In 2017 their short film Otto was nominated for a Rockie Award. And in 2018 their short film Kop Op (Heads Together) was nominated for the Prix de Jeunesse, a Rockie Award and won an International Emmy Kids Award. Altogether their films and music videos won over 75 awards and were screened at more than 300 film festivals worldwide.
For more details see: jobjorisenmarieke.nl
The UK’s Liverpool prize-winning artist Tabitha Moses is the creator of an extensive collection of beautiful work on fertility, infertility and IVF including including In Vitro; Investment; and On Food and Longing. At ESHRE she will be displaying and talking about Investment her a series of embroidered hospital gowns and photographic portraits made in collaboration with the photographer Jon Barraclough, one of which was recently purchased by the British Science Museum for their national collection. For this beautiful series of works Tabitha drew on her own and others' experience of IVF to explore the medical processes and personal beliefs surrounding infertility and its treatment, shedding light on the hope, happiness and pain that infertility and IVF brings.
For more details see tabithamoses.co.uk