Man and Well being

Brigitte Coremans

Photographer: Vincent van Gurp


For stillborn foetuses after 24 or more weeks of pregnancy, there will be an official burial. But for younger embryos a burial is not available. It is a statistic that is necessary from a legal point of view: it helps determine the start of human life. However, the emotional reality is never as black and white as this. In order to allow the parents of children stillborn before 24 weeks the opportunity of saying goodbye, Brigitte Coremans has created Miscarriage Coffins six little coffins in different sizes, referring to the development, of a foetus up until the 24th week. They have been made out of a bio-degradable material that will provide the soil around it with additional nutrition. This will act as a subtle and temporary marker of the place where the foetus is buried to support the grieving parents.
Photographer: Vincent van Gurp


Over the past fifty years, hormonal contraception has both liberated women and estranged them from the natural and instinctive rhythms of their own bodies. This project asks the question what is natural about a woman’s cycle after all this, and what a woman should still know and feel of it. This has resulted in two clocks visualising the female reproductive system. The Life Clock counts back from 500 beads, representing the average chances of pregnancy. The clock is set to the woman’s age and the date of her first menstruation and will drop one bead every 28 days. The Menstruation Clock can create a wireless visual archive of a menstrual cycle by taking body temperature. The clock can act as a natural contraceptive, or it can help a woman conceive.