PRUNE NOURRY HOLY DAUGHTERS
Prune Nourry's Holy Daughters is a retrospective exhibition of a 3 year project in India from 2009 to 2011. Through street performances, large ephemeral installations, sculptures, photography and video, Nourry invites viewers to reflect upon the issue of gender imbalance due to the abortion of female fetuses. For this project, the French, NY based artist, infiltrated the Indian culture and created the Holy Daughter deity, a mix between the holy cow - symbol of fertility, and the young girl - actual vector of fertility.
Nourry first began by simply abandoning resin versions of her goddess in the streets of New Delhi, and recording people's reactions.
She then orchestrated her own version of the Indian Holi festival, inviting local girls to play with milk powder and the Holy Daughter in a Gaushala (cow hospital/orphanage). This second performance was in response to her experience of the real Holi festival - a celebration of fertility where colored pigments are thrown. This festival is actually void of women because it is too dangerous for them to attend as it is an excuse for men to get belligerently drunk.
In 2011, after the results of the sex ratio sensus showed the greatest imbalance ever known in Indian history, Nourry decided to commission local Calcutta artisans to recreate a 5 m high Holy Daughter made of clay from the Ganges. The Artist then infiltrated the Durga Puja festival with her deity, among hundreds of other monumental sculptures of Indian gods, and lured locals to believe in the Holy Daughter before it was immersed in the river from which it was born.
Nourry is currently taking her interest in bioethics to China and creating an army of life size Terracotta Daughters.