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Acrylic paint, cotton thread, and gold metallic thread embroidered with seed beads.

The birth control pill was initially tested on poor vulnerable Puerto Rican women without their fully informed consent, before eventually being marketed to well-off white women. The figure here is of a dark-skinned woman with Taíno features, posed in the likeness of Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man. Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man was a study in perfect human proportion. Here, this specific pose is used to suggest that poor, brown bodies made “perfect” specimens for uninformed medical testing.