naomi dines

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







Naomi Dines
May 2002
Materials: silicone rubber, silicone fluid, stainless steel, acrylic
Size: 90 x 142 x 67 cm

Naomi Dines would like to thank the following: Jean Ash, Jameson Davis, Rod Dickinson, Marion Dines, John Dines, Elizabeth-Jane Grose, Cathy Maze, Hadrian Pigott

The gendered body is brought to the fore in the work of Naomi Dines and becomes a site where social, sexual and domestic stereotypes are under dispute. Her work is concerned with identity, embodiment, affliction and desire. Her objects, photographs, installations and video works often propose simultaneous possibilities, exploring the ambiguities of our shared human condition and individual self-regard, and the mutual misapprehensions and misunderstandings inherent in our interrelations.

For Hygiene, she is presenting a work that seeks to explore perceptions and taboos surrounding bodily fluids within and outside the body; when intimately associated with the individual and the self; and under different conditions of human interaction. In particular the work will address the shift in perception and sensual and conceptual engagement with these due to the prevalence of fluid-related infections such as HIV and Hepatitus C. She has made a work for the 2nd floor foyer, directly outside the ‘restricted access’ to the Department of Infectious and Tropical Diseases. She describes this new work as "An object that will occupy its own trolley/container; apparently in transit, or somehow forgotten, outside the protected space of the laboratory. Making reference to a fluid-filled organism, and fragmentarily human in its scale and bodiliness, the object will deploy the materials and manufacture of barrier methods of containment and protection, against leakage and infection, in the hospital, the laboratory, and in more intimate and personal situations."

Dines has exhibited nationally and abroad. She was included in 'Nerve' at the Institute of Contemporary Art, London in 1999. Her recent installation work (during 2000) for 'L'Incurable Memoire des Corps' engaged with the medical profession's perception of the embodied self and was sited within the working Hopital Charles Foix, in Paris. During 2000, Dines intervened in the functioning domestic environment of ‘Home’ in a solo installation project that inhabited a South London family house.

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