From Spanish Chapels to First Born is a series of photographs that were taken during the artists’ road trip through Spain, inspired by the historical pilgrimage taken by couples since medieval times that walked the Way of Saint James in hopes of bearing children. These are digitally abstracted images of places visited such as Spanish monasteries, churches, and cathedrals, as well as celebrations and events that took place during the journey to have a child.

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© Sterck and Rozo _ From Spanish Chapels to First Born 11

From Spanish Chapels to First Born 11, 16.5 x 11.7″ Giclée Print

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© Sterck and Rozo _ From Spanish Chapels to First Born 14

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From Spanish Chapels to First Born 17, 16.5 x 11.7″ Giclée Print

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From Spanish Chapels to First Born is part of a larger body of work that addresses the issues of fertility, how we experience it today with our diminishing natural fertility but ever greater access to fertility treatments, drugs, alternative insemination, in vitro, etc. The most divine experience in life; the experience of creating and birthing a human being became more accessible to everybody in recent years, also to people traditionally excluded of having children; single mothers, gay, lesbian and transgender people, older women. Not only medical advances play a role in determining who can have children, but also society and the political climate prevalent have the power to allow certain groups access or not.

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