The Gestation Project (2004) presents photographs of pregnant women in public spaces. The selection that we publish here are all 'group' portraits, depicting the interaction of at least three expectant mothers. Whether shown together in nightclubs, in the zoo, hair salons, record shops or empty theatre auditoriums, what strikes the viewer is the atmosphere of collective strength and confidence that has been created. Inwardly, the women are content in fully understanding company, whilst outwardly; they become indefinable in-between figures, physically, psychologically and culturally. As private bodies have become undeniably public, the pregnant form well disrupts typical interior and exterior binaries. Because her corporeality cannot be concealed, the pregnant woman is exempt from societal constraints; she becomes sexual without objectification, and empowered by life within. Subverting notions of domesticity, these groups of pregnant woman placed in particular environments are as much surreal and active, as they are quotidian, and waiting.
How to Cite
Judea Alhadeff, C.,
(2013) “The Gestation Project”,
Studies in the Maternal 5(2),