10 Months

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During her pregnancy in 1976–7, Hiller took photographs of her body and kept a journal to record both the external and internal changes she experienced. In the resulting work, 10 Months 1977–9 groups of photographs of her pregnant belly correspond to lunar months. The images are accompanied by journal excerpts from the same period. Arranged within a symmetrical organising structure, the starkness of the imagery and typewritten texts is in contrast to the sentimentality associated with the subject and the explicit allusions to fertility and the landscape. The artist herself is at once a participant and an observer.

10 Months 1977–9
10 black and white composite photographs and 10 captions
Moderna Museet, Stockholm
Acquisition 2007 with means from The Second Museum of Our Wishes