‘Mitochondrial Eve’ is a totem object symbolising the unity of human evolution through the female body and acknowledges our kinship with all living creatures.
Scientists in the 80’s discovered through the Mitochondrial DNA of women in East Africa, that Africa was the seat of all humanity. Mitochondrial DNA is only passed down to the next generation by the mother and so a line can be traced from people of today, through that DNA to a single woman who lived about 150,000 years ago in east Africa named by the scientists as Mitochondrial Eve.
Mitochondria exist in all the cells of living creatures and convert foods into an energy force, that is the powerhouse essential for sustaining life.
photographs by Steve Russell and Sue Freeborough