Annonciation

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Annonciation is a series of photographs in which Elina Brotherus records herself through years of failed IVF treatments. Full of art historical references, Brotherus' images stand in sharp contrast to the traditional scenes and symbolism of Annonciation paintings. While the Virgin Mary receives the news that she is to give birth to the son of God, Brotherus pictures herself month after month in-front of a succession of negative pregnancy tests. Feelings of elation and abundance are replaced with those of sorrow and loss. Brotherus' photographs question the term 'mother', suggesting that it can stem from intention rather than being bound to biology or the physical act of having a child.

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Brotherus, E., (2014) “Annonciation”, Studies in the Maternal 6(1), p.1. doi: https://doi.org/10.16995/sim.189

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Annonciation

Annonciation. 2009

Annonciation, 2009

Annonciation 12, 2012

Annonciation 12, 2012

Annonciation 21, New York 11.07.2012

Annonciation 21, New York 11.07.2012

Annonciation 23, Lone, 2012

Annonciation 23, Lone, 2012

Annonciation 29, 2012

Annonciation 29, 2012

Annonciation 32, The End

Annonciation 32, The End

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