The first child being born from egg donation was reported in Australia in 1983. Since then, egg donation has been used to treat infertility caused by a variety of conditions affecting the ovary. It is the process of one woman donating eggs to another woman to enable conceiving as part of an assisted reproduction treatment. Egg donation typically involves in vitro fertilization — in rare cases, unfertilized eggs are frozen and stored for later use. Since the legislation concerning egg donation is different in each country, women often decide to go abroad for assisted fertilization. This project aims to raise awareness: each symbol represents one random egg cell that has been donated, either legally via one of the databases or illegally by an unknown donor. Each sting depicts the action of one assisted reproduction within a specific country. In that sense, the number of stings indicates a country’s popularity of assisted fertilization and visualizes the country’s legal policy by the symbols’ density. Human Database “shows positive and negative associations with this fast and uncontrollable reproduction treatment.”
Celine is a visual communication designer based in Basel. Her work is focusing on graphics, visual identities, photography and motion design. Pereira has a knack for finding new and unconventional solutions for any kind of challenge related to communication.