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La Nourrice (come drink from me my darling)
One to one performance
Birth Rites Collection
Salford School of Nursing and Midwifery, Manchester
camera by Lisa Newman
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.