Lucy Beech, Reproductive Exile, 2018. Vue de l’installation, Lafayette Anticipations – Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette, 2018. Film commandé par Lafayette Anticipations, Paris ; De La Warr Pavillon, Bexhill-on-Sea ; et Tramway, Glasgow.
Lucy Beech, Reproductive Exile, 2018. Installation view, Lafayette Anticipations, 2018. Commissionned by Lafayette Anticipations, Paris ; De La Warr Pavillon, Bexhill-on-Sea ; and Tramway, Glasgow. Produced by Lafayette Anticipations. © Lucy Beech

Reproductive Exile

Date: 2018
Medium: HD Video
Dimensions: Duration: 30 minutes

Reproductive Exile is a documentary fiction on the theme of transnational assisted conception. It focuses on the movement of bodies and bio-genetic substances across borders in what has come to be known as ‘reproductive exile’. The film maps the apparatus of transnational assisted reproduction, following the story of a woman whose bodily processes are facilitated by a chain of human and non-human female bodies, invisibly linked by the production of sex hormones central to reproductive technologies.

The film is shot in Czech Republic in a newly renovated facility where the lack of legislation offers a degree of freedom to a diverse range of commissioning parents, the protagonist is introduced to ‘Eve’ (short for Evatar) branded as the ‘mother of all micro humans’. Developed and utilized by entrepreneurial clinics to revolutionize drug testing and enable individualized patient treatment, Eve is the future of drug testing in women and personalized medicine. As the intended parent discovers more about her body’s incapacity to produce the hormones she needs to stimulate her ovaries she becomes obsessed with Eve, confiding in her about the drugs she injects daily; derived in some cases from pregnant horse urine and in others from concentrated urine of menopausal women. When the ovaries are stimulated to produce eggs, the response can at times be excessive and in a drug-induced hallucination exacerbated by the side effects of ovarian hyper stimulation, the protagonist visualizes the intricate constellation of invisible bodies, human and animal, that work, care, constitute and provide for her reproductive journey.

The film is co-commissioned by Lafayette Anticipations – Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette, Paris, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea, and Tramway, Glasgow.

First institutional presentation in France.
Lucy Beech, Reproductive Exile, 2018. Vue de l’installation, Lafayette Anticipations – Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette, 2018. Film commandé par Lafayette Anticipations, Paris ; De La Warr Pavillon, Bexhill-on-Sea ; et Tramway, Glasgow.
Lucy Beech, Reproductive Exile, 2018. Installation view, Lafayette Anticipations, 2018. Commissionned by Lafayette Anticipations, Paris ; De La Warr Pavillon, Bexhill-on-Sea ; and Tramway, Glasgow. Produced by Lafayette Anticipations. © Lucy Beech
Lucy Beech, <i>Reproductive Exile</i>, Film still, 2018
Lucy Beech, Reproductive Exile, Film still, 2018 © Lucy Beech
Lucy Beech, <i>Reproductive Exile</i>, Film still, 2018
Lucy Beech, Reproductive Exile, Film still, 2018 © Lucy Beech