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Private View


Liv Pennington, 2006,

Digital C type on Aluminium, 80 x 76 cm


“Private View”, 2006 is a composite print of forty different women’s pregnancy tests from the London performance. A photograph of the test has been combined with text written by the women as they waited to participate. Each is unique like a fingerprint, presenting different patterns and colours which when displayed together become more apparent.


“Private View” as a performance has taken place in London, Poitiers and Oslo. On the night of a private view every woman who came to use the toilets were asked if they would take a pregnancy test. The results were relayed live in real-time above the bar. The indicating windows of the pregnancy test were the only part to be projected, initially appearing abstract. There wasn’t any sound and the pregnancy tests were broadcast anonymously. If the women wanted to know their result they would go straight to the bar.

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