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Aida Silvestri is has taken a very personal approach to her latest art exhibit: a series called “Unsterile Clinic” which attempts to start a discussion about female genital mutilation.

In a description of the exhibit, Aida says that the pieces were inspired by personal experience and she became motivated to investigate cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) in Eastern African women in London.

“After comparing the stories of women from Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan, Somalia, Kenya and Djibouti, reflecting on my own personal experience and conducting further research, I discovered that the majority of FGM cases in the United Kingdom are diagnosed during pregnancy or labour although a few are not diagnosed until the second or third child after undergoing unexplained caesarean sections during the earlier pregnancies.”

FGM
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Aida says she hopes will both raise awareness as well as help young women understand “the severity or what type of FGM they have are encouraged to go through an early screening process before it becomes an emergency.”

“Unsterile Clinic” is featured in the U.K’s Autograph APB, which also commission Aida 5 new pieces to add to the collection. You can learn more about the exhibit here.

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