LIFE FOR A LIFE
The politics and ethics brief asked us to engage and reflect on our ethics of practice within the world. We were asked to address a range of key normative and meta-ethical concepts and apply these to various design situations. I decided to take the opportunity to explore the landscape of my own personally situated ethics, taking on a project identity which is relevant and can be explored within the interests of my own design practice.
The ethical grey-zone of the abortion law in Gibraltar was something of intense debate during the creation of my film documentary and written report (back in 2019). Having been classified as an illegal act*, if guilty of having an abortion in Gibraltar, the mother and those involved in the act were sentenced to life-long imprisonment. While the topic of the ethics and the general discourse around the act of abortion is one that is popular within contemporary society, following the increase in feminist voices, it is not common knowledge that the British overseas territory, Gibraltar has yet to legalise the act.
The Life for a Life documentary explores this topic through the voices of those at the heart of the debate.
*During 2021, there was a referendum which saw an outcome in favour of revisiting the existing abortion law.
Production, filming and editing by me
Featuring interviews with:
Isobel Ellul - Advocate for the No More Shame Gibraltar group
Nicole Banda - Advocate for the No More Shame Gibraltar group
Carmel Zamit - Bishop of Gibraltar
Gibraltar Pro Life Advocates (Identities to remain anonymous)
VISUAL COMMUNICATOR AND DESIGNER//