Tuesday, November 9, 2010


Catherine Leutenegger's photo exhibition of babies in white cardboard boxes, now showing at La Galerie at 17 rue de la Coulouvrenière in Geneva, is both profound and troubling. That is Leuteneggar's intention. The "babies" are actually polymer dolls, which Leutenegger ordered from a Swiss distributor. They are sold on line for anywhere from $100 to $200, and they are eerily life-like. The first clue that they aren't real comes as you gradually notice that each baby is nestled in its own cardboard box. Leuteneggar, who is a youthful 27, was clearly going for the shock that follows when you realize that you've been taken in by an extremely effective illusion, but her real goal is deeper than that. "We are living in a time when parents are on the point of being able to pick the sex of their children and even determine the hair coloring and other features," Leutteneger says, "It raises questions about where the limits are."


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