Prune Nourry and Serendipity

Tribeca Talks

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France, USA | 74 MINUTES | Chinese, English, French |


Artist Prune Nourry has spent her working life exploring issues around the human body.  At the tender age of 31, Prune is diagnosed with breast cancer and she starts documenting her treatment and its effect on her own body, turning her medical odyssey into an epic artistic adventure — and feature documentary film Serendipity — discovering new meaning in her body of work and its curious relationship to her illness.  Join us for a multisensory evening of film, food and conversation that explores the many themes of Prune’s work and opens up a dialogue about narrative medicine.

After the Screening: A conversation with Director and Artist Prune Nourry, Columbia University Professor and author Rita Charon, and more. Afterwards, join us for drinks and bites inspired by the work of Prune Nourry.


Directed by Prune Nourry

Prune Nourry is a French artist who lives and works in New York. A trained sculptor, she combines sculpture, video, photography, installation, and performance to explore gender selection and the artificial evolution of humankind.
Prune Nourry
Alastair Siddons
Alastair Siddons
Paul Carlin
Executive Producer
Angelina Jolie, Sol Guy, Darren Aronofsky


Nina Collins

Nina Collins

Nina Lorez Collins is a writer, website editor, community leader, speaker, and life coach. She’s the author of What Would Virginia Woolf Do and Other Questions I Ask Myself As I Attempt to Age Without Apology, which was published by Hachette in 2018. She’s a graduate of Barnard College, has a Masters degree from Columbia in the field of Narrative Medicine, and professional background in book publishing, both as a literary scout and then as an agent.

Rita Charon

Rita Charon

Rita Charon is a general internist, literary scholar, and the originator of the field of narrative medicine. She is Professor and Chair of the Department of Medical Humanities and Ethics and Professor of Medicine at Columbia University. She completed the MD at Harvard in 1978 and the PhD in English at Columbia in 1999, concentrating on the works of Henry James. Her research focuses on the consequences of narrative medicine practice, reflective clinical practice, and health care team effectiveness. She directs the Virginia Apgar Teaching Academy for Medical Educators and Columbia Commons IPE, the health sciences campus interprofessional education and practice program. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rockefeller Bellagio residency, and recognition from many medical and literary societies. She has served as Visiting Professor at many medical schools and universities in the US and abroad, teaching narrative medicine theory and practice. Her work has been funded by NIH, NEH, and private foundations, and her essays appear in the leading medical and literary journals. Her most recent book, co-authored with seven narrative medicine colleagues, is The Principles and Practice of Narrative Medicine (Oxford 2017).

Prune Nourry

Prune Nourry

Prune Nourry is a French, New York based artist. She combines sculpture and multimedia to explore gender selection and the artificial evolution of humankind. Her documentary Serendipity (2019) unveils connections between her art and body during her battle with breast cancer. Starting in India in 2009, Nourry configured a triptych on gender preference and hybridism. Terracotta Daughters (2014), represents 108 schoolgirls left unborn due to China’s preference for boys. The army will remain buried in a contemporary archeological site 2030. The Amazon (2018), a giant female warrior partly covered in incense or acupuncture needles, embodies breast cancer patients and survivors.


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