Saturday, 28 August 2010

Skin - a story of our life so far

The exhibition 'Skin' re-evaluates the largest and probably most overlooked human organ, considering the changing importance of skin, from anatomical thought in the 16th century through to contemporary artistic exploration.

Covering four themes (Objects, Marks, Impressions and Afterlives), 'Skin' takes a philosophical approach. It begins by looking at the skin as a frontier between the inside and the outside of the body. Early anatomists saw it as having little value and sought to flay it to reveal the workings of the body beneath. The exhibition then moves to look at the skin as a living document: with tattoos, scars, wrinkles or various pathologies. Finally, the skin is considered as a sensory organ of touch and as a delicate threshold between life and death.
Skin Exhibition: audio slideshow
Lucy Shanahan, the Wellcome Collection Curator for 'Skin', comments on a selection of objects from the exhibition.

Skin - Wellcome Collection, London, 10 June-26 September 2010

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