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Prayer shawl for Dina (tissue engineered object, concept/documentation photos).
A miniature tallit gadol (prayer shawl) of engineered tissue, incorporating both HeLa cells (a cell type in an immortal cell line used in scientific research, HeLa is one of the oldest and most commonly used human cell lines. The line was derived from cervical cancer cells taken from an African American patient named Henrietta Lacks, without her consent.) and cells from the artist. Designed as a both a monument for the biblical Dina, (who was changed from male to female in the womb, in answer to the prayers of her mother) and a solidarity gesture for Henrietta Lacks and nameless pathologized bodies in the history of gynephobic science.