Making Strange

Last Wednesday, I went to “Making Strange” exhibition in Fowler Stranger of artist Vivan Sundaram. My first impression on the exhibition was a unique fashion that many mannequins were wearing. Most of garment designs were made from recycled materials and medical supplies such as hospital bandages, surgical masks or X-ray film. Some mannequins were dissembled in many broken parts and randomly painted with gray color, which actually gave me a sudden scare. The exhibition is a combination of two projects: Gagawaka and Postmortem. Both projects represent the ideas of medicine and its relationship to human society. As  human cares about fashion for external looks, the artist uses medical materials to define a society. Different aspects-illness, pain, and death- are implied in those creative garments.

                                                  

   (Photo by me)

(Photo by me)

“Pill Fill” was one piece that captured my attention right away when I stepped in to the exhibition. This garment was hung down from the cell and sewed with all types of drugs along its body. Again, this piece show how medicine can shape a society. All types of treatment involve drugs, but will drugs be the magic that can cure all sickness? Will there be any harm?

                             (Photo by me)

Besides many colorful garments made from medical materials, there were numerous pieces depicting a human anatomy by using white tubes and rubber pipes to represent colons, intestine and other human organs. Since these pieces somehow gave me a feeling of death and sickness, I think the artist want to show the dark side of medical practices.

(Photo by me)

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