'Your Beautiful Corpse' by Mia-Jane Harris (2012/13) Exhibition Launch
As part of the 'Remains to be Seen' series these absolutely stunning close-up photographs of human cadavers will be placed in the alcoves of the museum, and Mia-Jane herself will be present at the event to give a brief explanation of the series.
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She says “I wanted to show people items from medical museums/collections that I didn’t think were appreciated the way that they should be. These museums hold collections of thousands of human cadaver sections and specimens that are used for scientific research and study. They are looked at every day to learn but people are so focused on what they are that they don’t notice how amazingly beautiful they are. So I wanted to take away the scientific surroundings, the educational environment, the dust and the grime and the information text books to leave behind just these absolutely striking objects. … People appreciated the beauty behind them. Those outside of the medical profession weren’t pushed away due to their normal mind set of ‘its part of a dead person so its disgusting’ and those in the medical profession finally saw the beauty that they had ignored that had been staring them in the face the whole time.”
Entry includes wine or non-alcoholic drink as well as nibbles, and a chance to view the exhibition and the specimens. If you’re artistically inclined do feel free to bring drawing materials at this relaxed chance for the public to browse the museum and artwork.