Being You Must Create (Spy in the Anatomy Museum)
80 laminated cibachrome prints on perspex 15.25 x 20.32 cm
Christine Borlands use of epidemiological procedures has resulted
in sustained collaborations and interventions in medical institutions
such as the Medical Research Councils Social and Public Health
Sciences Unit at Glasgow University. Borland's practice examines 'expertise';
this draws her into critical relationships with the history of medicine
or its applications as explored in the example of eugenics and L'Homme
Double 1997, as well as analysis of contemporary practice within institutions
of medical research.
For Hygiene she presents This Being You Must Create (Spy in the Anatomy
Museum) for the first time in the UK. This is an installation of eighty
small images, developed from slides taken with a spy camera while
pretending to draw in the Anatomy Museum of Montpellier in 1997. The
work refers to anatomy and natural history collections, and the 'wunderkamers'
so popular in the 19th century. The definition of types is explored
through this collection of norms and monstrosities and suggests a
precursor to the contemporary enthusiasm for identifying type through
Borland has shown extensively both in the UK and abroad. In 1997 she
was short-listed for the Turner Prize. She has had solo exhibitions
at the Lisson Gallery during 1997 and 2001, and at the Sean Kelly
Gallery, New York, USA in 2000. In 2000 she showed Progressive Disorder
as part of Spectacular Bodies at the Hayward Gallery, London.
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