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Gina Czarnecki & John Hunt, Heirloom, 2016. Photo by Stephen King.

Heirloom grows living portraits of Gina Czarnecki's two daughters from cells collected from inside their mouths.

The presentation of Heirloom reveals the process behind the artwork, combining elements of citizen science, prototyping, and experience design to suggest possible futures, including new medical procedures and DIY techniques. It imagines and offers a cultural laboratory for the future of the face. This is an ongoing experiment, as new methods for sustaining life outside of the lab have been developed for this work.

Heirloom is created by Gina Czarnecki and John Hunt (Institute of Aging and Chronic Disease, University of Liverpool), with Saskia and Lola Czarnecki-Stubbs, and is supported using public funding by Arts Council England. Heirloom is a Forma Arts touring production.