“Silent Partners”: the body inside out

Probably everbody has already heard about this exhibition, but I couldn’t miss the opportunity of writing up a short post about it. In short, the Fitzwilliam Museum (Cambridge) hosts the “Silent Partners. Artist & Mannequin from function to fetish” exhibition up until 25 January 2015. Curated by Jane Munro, this project is placed at the cross-road of art, history of anatomy, gender and the body:

Over the course of the 19th century, the mannequin gradually emerged from the studio to become the artist’s subject, at first humorously, then in more complicated ways, playing on the unnerving psychological presence of a figure that was realistic, yet unreal—lifelike, yet lifeless. Silent Partners locates the artist’s mannequin within the context of an expanding universe of effigies, avatars, dolls, and shop window dummies.”

Complementary to this exhibition, the Whipple Museum of the History of Science organised a special display: a set of papier-mâché models showing the inner workings of the human body, created by the Dr. Louis Auzoux in the early 1800s (read more here and here).


This juxtaposition, between mannequins, anatomical models, dolls and avatars is definitely inspiring for anybody interested in the history and philosophy of science, as one is faced with thinking about concepts such as representantion, human body, inside-outside, model/replica, visualising in science and life through the manipulation of form and dimensions.

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