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Date & Time
February 1, 2019March 8, 2019
Free; open during building hours. Ruby Hours
Gallery 235 at the Rubenstein Arts Center
2020 Campus Dr
Durham, NC 27705

(In)visible Organ is an interactive, multimedia exhibit featuring a variety of sculptures, paintings, and interviews by a diverse group of artists reflecting on women’s bodies and reproductive health. This exhibit is part of the larger Calla Campaign and is inspired by the Callascope device—new, woman-centric technology developed at Duke that allows women to self-visualize their reproductive organs.

This exhibit goes beyond the standard installation formula. It explores the Callascope and its potential through reflections from women who have used the device; in-depth interviews of women from different cultures, education and socioeconomic levels; and art and storytelling by local and nationally renowned artists. This inaugural art exhibit will feature the works and quotes of Calla study participants, student artists, and several locally renowned artists including Saba Taj, director of Durham’s The Carrack. Reflections from participants who performed self-exploration with the Callascope capture the importance of this campaign:

“When I think of female reproductive anatomy, I think that it is enigmatic, hidden from us physically…this was an eye-opening experience to be able to visualize something that is so intrinsically a part of me that I have never seen in this way before.”

The Calla Campaign is supported by a proud team of female engineers, physicians, historians, humanists, global health researchers, and artists. The Calla Campaign reframes women’s reproductive health through a self-exploration project that educates and empowers women about their own reproductive anatomy and shares findings with the public via a series of art exhibits to raise awareness and promote dialogue.

Header image: Jenny Eggleston, “Cherry Bowl”, 2018. Mixed medium on canvas.

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