Project Description

Bellybutton Portrait Series

by Joana Ricou

New York-based artist Joana Ricou created a Bellybutton Portrait Series, inspired by the Belly Button Biodiversity project.

The Bellybutton Portrait Series is a set of photographs of microbial cultures of individuals that double as portraits of the subject’s microbial selves. The Series exists in two forms: as a participatory experience where visitors swab their own bellybutton to have a portrait made and, as a series of portraits displayed as photos. The portraits invite viewers to consider their other selves, the parts of their body that are not human, and reflect upon the connection they form between ourselves, the world around us and our parents. – Joana Ricou