Selected works by SACI Body Archives students: Piera Bochner, Sofia García Conde Gallastegui, John Gingrich, Phoebe Killea, Juliette Myers, Meaghan Sweeney, Brenna Tierney
Curated by Dejan Atanackovic
The fourth exhibition of the project-course Body Archives carried out in collaboration between the Museum of Natural History and SACI on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, at the Florentine Museum of Anthropology. Students of the course, taught by professor Dejan Atanackovic, worked during the academic semester on the themes related to the representation of the human body, by visiting the museum collections of the University of Florence in a dialogue with experts in various scientific disciplines.
Working on the notion of otherness, with the attempt to define the other of our time, the SACI students have developed art projects that address the topic from various points of view, in relation to the specific content of the Museum of Anthropology, trying therefore to offer, through their interventions, an alternative reading of the museum itself.
The course this semester also included a visit to the natural history and medical collections in Vienna, with the aim to observe the ties between the two historical realities, Florentine and Viennese, particularly in the era of the creation of the scientific collections of the late 1700s. See SACI’s Body Archives class excursion to Vienna.
Dealing with the issues of nutrition, initiation rites, skin, geographical maps, travel and memory, the students’ works include video and dia projections, objects, installations, performative acts and more.
The course Body Archives has been a part of SACI program since 2014. The visits to the extraordinary Florentine collections, only partially open to the public, contribute to the dialogue on the representation of nature and human body, to the ways of sharing knowledge and interaction between art and science.
Museum of Anthropology
Via del Proconsolo 12
Florence – ITALY