International video art exhibition launches in Lincoln

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A free video art exhibition exploring the theme of hormone use and abuse both in the past and in the present recently opened its doors in the Project Space Plus gallery at the University of Lincoln.

The international touring exhibition, titled ‘Transitional States: Hormones at the Crossroads of Art and Science,’ presents an exploration of the role of hormones in our everyday lives and features the work of 14 international artists and collectives.

Running until Tuesday 27th February, it showcases a range of thought-provoking videos exploring themes including the emotional impact of hormones, new reproductive medical technologies, the hormonal effects of menopause, and the right to determine one’s own gender and identity.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of public talks throughout February which will consider topics raised in the exhibition. Each will take place in the Jackson Lecture Theatre, Minerva Building, at the University’s Brayford Pool campus, and will feature keynote speakers from a variety of backgrounds, including artists, activists, psychologists, journalists and academics.

The programme of events, which are being led by Dr Chiara Beccalossi from the School of History and Heritage, forms part of a major research project funded by The Wellcome Trust investigating how hormone research has impacted medical sexual knowledge in the twentieth century.

Dr Beccalossi said: “Hormones play an immense role in our everyday lives and yet very few people stop to consider how important they are. This exhibition encourages people to do just that – to stop and consider their use and challenge the perceptions they have of hormone treatments, from the everyday like contraceptive pills to those that help transgender people express themselves more freely.”