“The Other Body”

Photographic Resource Center, Boston University

In the text that accompanies his work The Bridge, 1984, Victor Burgin writes, “In everyday language it is common to find the word ‘bridge’ used to metaphorically express such otherwise abstract notions as ‘exchange’ between two parties and ‘transition’ from one state to another.” The works in this exhibition, “The Other Body: Cultural Debate in Contemporary British Photography,” organized by guest curator Tim Norris, repeatedly call to mind these notions of transition and exchange in the ways that they construct bridges of signification between and within images.

Almost all of the pieces in the show are, in a sense, hypersymbolic. The multiplicity of codes and references are not just outgrowths of carefully chosen images: they exist on the same plane. Together, both subject and referent form the text within which one can examine the presence of the Other. In this sense, the Other refers to

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