Art exhibit offers breast-milk cheese

April 30, 2011 at 4:00 AM

NEW YORK, April 30 (UPI) -- A New York artist presenting an exhibit is inviting visitors to the gallery to eat her artistic creations -- shaped cheese made from human breast milk.

Miriam Simun, 26, a student at New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program, said she purchased breast milk from three women and turned it into cheese with the help of Chef Sarah Hymanson for the exhibit at the Michael Mut Gallery in the East Village neighborhood, the New York Daily News reported Friday.

The "Human Cheese" exhibit, which opened Thursday and closes Monday, invites visitors to sample the final product.

"I'm talking about how biotechnology is booming, and really invasive things are being done to people's bodies and we don't question it," Simun said. "We're using people's body parts. We're attaching machines to bodies. We treat bodies as machines. Women sell their eggs, they rent out their uteruses.

"And cheese was actually the first-ever genetically modified food. Human cheese-making is just a way of talking about what it all means for the future," she said.

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