Born in Paris on January 30, 1985, Prune Nourry is a visual artist who lives in Paris and New York. Through sculpture, video, and photography, her work questions the new technology of assisted procreation: does the selection of babies lead us to a new definition of human beings?
Nourry studied wood sculpture at the Ecole Boulle in Paris. Interested in bioethics and anthropology, she creates new species by splicing humans and animals, creating contemporary scientific allegories that evoke the artificial selection of humans. The audience is an integral part of her work, as Prune supports her projects with interviews with scientists and, through happenings, documents people’s reactions to her work. In 2006, Domesticated Babies (Les Bébés Domestiques) questioned the anthropomorphism of pets through “genetic manipulation.” During her Adoption Day events in Paris, London, Brussels, and New York, her human-pet hybrid sculptures set to the streets in search of adoptive parents. In 2009, the artist began her Procreative Dinners (ephemeral works crossing art, science and gastronomy), bringing together a star chef and a scientist to reflect on the idea of children à la carte — first presented in Paris and Geneva, and soon in New York and Tokyo. In 2010, she focused on gender selection and after months of research in India, presented the exhibition Holy Daughters, featuring hybrids between Indian sacred cows and adolescent girls. The In Vitro series, presented at her last show, offers another step in the artist’s medium and questions the pre-implantation diagnosis: the pre-selection of human embryos.