Cecilia Jonsson in collaboration with Rodrigo Leite de Oliveira

The world evolves through the choices we make, directly influencing ourselves as individuals and species. Haem assembles a compass needle made of iron extracted from human placentas and presents it in a placenta-inspired labyrinth as a poetic metaphor for the explorative nature of humans. By combining expertise in the fields of art, medicine and metallurgy Haem proposes a reflection in the transformation of maternal resources into valuable personal processes that empower throughout life in the decisions we make, ultimately shaping who we are and the world we live in.

Jury: Cecilia Jonsson relied on a highly original, metaphorical concept working with blood and the iron within it to form a wayfinding object. The jury appreciated the mix of using an otherwise discarded resource, placentas, to help produce a narrative about facing a maze of difficulties and choices in life. The relation to the placenta as stage for the meeting of two different but intimately linked beings, a mother & child, also resonated, as did the project’s implied connections with the history of mining and alchemy. Finally, atop these layers of meaning was an obvious investment in thinking about the practical realization of the work already done, from extracting iron from the organs and also obtaining them through the cooperation of midwives.

More information:
Collaboration with The Netherlands Cancer Institute / Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital
Cecilia Jonsson www.ceciliajonsson.com
The Netherlands Cancer Institute / Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital https://www.nki.nl
Haem http://www.haemproject.com