susan brind

Exhibition open to the public on
Fridays 2-7pm,
Saturdays 9am-noon
18th May - 6th July 2002
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Keppel Street,
London WC1E 7HT







'…the fevers of Great Britain [by Charles Murchison] continued'
Susan Brind
Materials: Vinyl text, glass display cabinet
Size: 198 cm high x 190 cm wide x 32 cm deep

Photography, video and text are used by Susan Brind to locate the body as a site of conflict or understanding, subject to external influences and internal experiences. Addressing Medicine and its definitions directly, her work seeks visual explanations of physical symptoms.

For the 'Hygiene' exhibition the artist has developed a text work for a display cabinet, which makes use of research undertaken in the School's archive. Drawing on various accounts of delirium caused by typhoid and typhus, a narrative is developed that transforms a glass case into the space of an individual's imagining.

In the text installation 'bad air [mal'aria]', a permanent work commissioned by LSHTM in 2000, ideas created by a delirious mind and fevered body, factual information and beliefs now known to be inaccuracies, merge as a cycle of thoughts around the ground floor of the School's Keppel Street building.

Other examples of the artist's recent work include: a video installation, 'Dancing for St Vitus', shown as part of 'Sehstörungen', Mönchengladbach, Germany in 2000 and cast objects, silver and human hair, being shown as part of 'Hero' curated by Ian Balch for St Mary's Cathedral, Glasgow during May 2002. She is also currently developing work for a proposed commission for the Augustinian Monastery of St Thomas, Brno, Czech Republic as part of 'The Genius of Genetics: A celebration of Gregor Mendel through science and art' curated by Marina Wallace and Martin Kemp (May 2002 for completion in 2003).

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