HELA

HeLa

Iron Oxide presents

HeLa

A solo work-in-progress from Adura Onashile

Fri 11 - Sat 12 May 2012 | 7.30pm | £6

“We must not see any person as an abstraction. Instead, we must see in every person a universe with its own secrets, with its own treasures, with its own sources of anguish, and with some measure of triumph.”
Elie Wiesel

In 1951, Henrietta Lacks walked into a hospital in Baltimore with a pain in her abdomen. A routine biopsy revealed a cancerous tumour, one which would kill her just months later. Unknown to her, a sample from this tumour was taken and become one of the most important tools in medicine – now known as the HeLa cell line. There are more of Henrietta’s cells alive today than were ever in her body – enough to make 400 Henrietta Lacks.

Inspired by Henrietta’s extraordinary life story, Adura Onashile’s (Roadkill) solo work-in-progress looks at the nature of genes and identity, and the current ethical debates surrounding human tissue research and ownership.