Magician and surgeon behave like painter and cameraman. The painter, while working, observes a natural distance from the subject; the cameraman, on the other hand, penetrates deep into the subject’s tissue. The images they both come up with are enormously different. The painter’s is an entity, the cameraman’s chopped up into a large number of pieces, which find their way back together by following a new law.

Benjamin W., The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, 1936

The work consists of a series of photographs and an installation made of notes and drawings originating from my personal notebooks. In Part 1 I concentrate on the relationship between photography, science and the human body. I compare the act of taking photographs to that of collecting samples in anatomy. In both disciplines an in-depth study of a fragment of reality is performed with the aim of understanding a larger organism.

This work was inspired by Aby Warburg’s Mnemosyne Atlas and the idea of curating diverse fragments of reality in one body of work. An idea also present in medieval manuscripts such as Hortus Deliciarum - a proto encyclopedia of sorts compiled, written and illustrated by Herrad of Landsberg, an Alsatian XII century nun.





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