Samantha Sweeting
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La Nourrice (come drink from me my darling)
2011
One to one performance
Birth Rites Collection
Salford School of Nursing and Midwifery, Manchester
camera by Lisa Newman
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This version of La Nourrice took place in the department of midwifery at Salford University. One participant at a time was invited to sit with me to talk about motherhood, lactation, sexuality and grief. We discussed the signification of a body that has not had - nor may ever have - a child choosing to perform maternal acts. With the aid of a Supplementary Nursing System, I offered them my breast. Those that took up the offer expressed deep rooted feelings of comfort, elation, desire and liberty.