10 weeks

13 February - 5 April 2013

'10 weeks' is a response to the long standing practice of the ProLife campaign and movement of misappropriating and misusing language, images and symbols. 


Among the most potent examples of this are the silver and gold emblems or symbols depicting the life sized feet of a 10 week embryo, often worn as a pin or lapel badge.


Ironically, these feet were designated as the "International Pro-Life Symbol" at a world-wide symposium held in Dublin, Ireland in 1979. It is estimated that over 12 million of these emblems have been distributed in 30 countries.


Leszek has acquired the original wax casting moulds for the '10 weeks' pins that were made and distributed in Ireland and is featuring them as the centrepiece of an exhibition inviting oral and written responses to the misappropriation of the baby feet as symbols and emblems and consequent misuse as Prolife propaganda. 


The written responses will be showcased within the exhibition and archived on the '10weeks' website whilst the vocal responses will be accessible during the exhibition and on the '10 weeks' website archive afterwards.


If you would like to send in a response to the Pro Life use of the baby feet or to the language and images the Pro Life movement employs then please feel free to email it to 10 weeks. We are delighted to receive responses in any format including a pdf or a Word document, a photograph of a handwritten response or a recorded audio file.


Especially appreciated would be the loaning of a baby feet symbol if you have one, together with a response, please help if you can.


You can record and email us an audio response using the QuickVoice® Recorder app on the iphone or Easy Voice Recorder on an Android smartphone.


We are mindful and respectful of every submission and anonymity is guarded at all times.