Yale Student Who Made "Abortion Art" to Debut New Work at London Museum
by Steven Ertelt
June 26, 2008
New Haven, CT (LifeNews.com) — The Yale University art student who caused a national uproar by supposedly making a senior art project showing her having repeated abortions is slated to unveil a new work in England. London’s Tate Modern museum invited Aliza Shvarts to debut a new art project concerning culture and technology.
The student, who graduated in May, supposedly repeatedly artificially inseminated herself multiple times over a nine month period and used medicinal herbs to cause early abortions.
Shvarts supposedly created an art project consisting of the videos of the abortions and plastic sheets covered in her blood.
Yale officials said Shvarts admitted the project was a ruse, but she later denied the claim.
Yale authorities refused to display Shvarts’ first art project until she signed a statement saying the installation was a ruse and that she had never been pregnant or had the abortions.
Shvarts refused and quit talking with the student newspaper about the project.
Now, Shvarts is one of 10 artists invited to present works on the relationship between culture and technology. The Tate Modern museum says the exhibit involves "a range of leading thinkers and practitioners" but says nothing about what justifies Shvarts for that status.
Instead, Shvarts may be benefiting from a Yale University connection.
The Yale Daily News includes a new report on the exhibit and Yale art-history lecturer Seth Kim-Cohen says he is curator for the event and invited Shvarts to participate.
"She seemed to be more affected by the media than most of us are in our whole lifetimes," Kim-Cohen told the newspaper. "I thought she would have some reaction to how the media manipulates stories and truths."
Tate Modern representative Bomi Odufunade confirmed to the newspaper the piece is not the controversial project Shvarts made earlier.
Shvarts did not respond to requests from the newspaper to discuss the new exhibit.
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