Calling pregnant mums in Cornwall!

Lovely mums of Cornwall, are you pregnant? Do you like cake? Do you like art? Would you like to appear alongside the Mona Lisa in the Louvre...?

Are you free on 13 January 2013? Email us now for information on how to join in from 1-3pm at Porthcurno beach. Some lovely mums are going and all are welcome!

As part of the Rebirth Day project, artist Emilia Telese is looking for pregnant women to take part in a photography project. The artwork will involve 21 pregnant women standing in the shape of ‘The Third Paradise’, three circles (see the logo on the right), on the beach at Lands End (Porthcurno). There will be tea and cake, and support towards travel costs if you need it. You'll also get the chance to take part in future workshops with Emilia and other artists.

Emilia's press release is below with more information. 

Find out more about Rebirth Day here, (you can also see a completely different way in which we got involved on the day here).



Emilia Telese - LIFE BEGINS AT LAND’S END – World Rebirth Day event at Land’s End, Cornwall

Life Begins @ Land's End is a participatory performance exploring issues of fertility, birth and life rituals, by Emilia Telese, for Michelangelo Pistoletto's Rebirth Day programme of events starting on 21 December 2012.

Pregnant women will walk on Cornwall’s Land's End and form a Third Paradise symbol by joining together, to celebrate a new beginning in their life. The symbology of the performance meets the meaning of the place in the name of change. Two performances will take place, on Rebirth Day,  21 December 2012, the first worldwide day of rebirth, and 13 January 2013.

Rebirth Day and the Third Paradise

Rebirth Day is a great celebration throughout the world - a vital, living, breathing symbol of a new beginning. A fateful “end of the world” connotation, as widespread as it is unfounded, has been attributed to this day in 2012, proposing a theme that is recurrent in mythologies and religions as well as in the literature of fantasy and science fiction.  As a response to that, Rebirth Day will celebrate new beginnings instead of “predicted” endings.

The Third Paradise is symbolically represented by a reconfiguration of the mathematical infinity sign. In the “New Infinity Sign” three circles are drawn: the two opposite circles signify nature and artifice; the middle one is the conjunction of the two and represents the generative womb of the Third Paradise.

New beginnings at the start of life

After the performances, Life Begins @ Land's End will create a series of workshops throughout Spring 2013 involving young parents and pregnant women from diverse social and cultural backgrounds, in collaboration with Cornwall's young mothers association WILD, to explore and examine the idea of birth, pregnancy and life's rites of passage, to culminate in an iconic, filmed and photographed performance. 

The project will be exhibited at the Musee du Louvre, Paris, within the exhibition "Michelangelo Pistoletto, année un - le paradis sur terre” in spring 2013.

Emilia Telese chose Land's End not only because of the symbology generated by its name, but also because of the many associations between Cornwall and rituality, and the resonance of locations in Cornwall such as Men An Tol stone circle, used for fertility rites in the Bronze Age.

Life Begins @ Land's End explores the role of women, fertility and childbirth in society and above all the very start of life, the gestation and birth of a human being.

Artist: Emilia Telese

Cornwall event coordinator: Claire English, Film documentation: Rebecca E Marshall, Artist Assistant: Martha Mosse

Find out more on Rebirth Day

About the artist - Emilia Telese 

Emilia Telese (Italy 1973 – lives and works in the UK) is an artist working in social and political engagement. Her practice spans several art forms, including interactive and body-responsive technology, film and live art, installation, literature and public art. Her work often involves site-specific interventions in non-conventional spaces and has been exhibited extensively in the UK and abroad at major art events such as The Venice Biennale, Ars Electronica (Linz), the Brighton Festival, the Endangered Species World Summit, the Festival for Experimental Art & Performance in St Petersburg, The Glasgow Merchant City Festival and the Brighton Photo Biennial. She has exhibited in venues such as the Freud Museum London, the Royal Festival Hall, Leeds City Gallery, Fabrica Brighton, Palazzo Zenobio / Venice, Chashama New York, ZKM Karlsruhe and others in the UK and abroad.

Many of her projects have an engagement and participatory focus, within the framework of her research into social and political change. Examples include Four Senses, a participatory sensorial Olympic walk, commissioned by Artsway, New Forest, for the Cultural Olympiad; and Dreamland, a conceptual installation performance with Isidro Lopez-Aparicio and the community of the Tifariti refugee camp, for Art Tifariti 2009 event for the liberation of the Saharawi tribes of Western Sahara, presented at The 28th State - European Borders in an Age of Anxiety symposium, Tate Britain, Millbank London 2009 .

Archive 1997 - 2009; New work 2009 - 2012