Medical Hermeneutics

Shedhalle / Galerie Walcheturm

The most important element in Die Schweitz + die Medizin (Switzerland + medicine, 1992), an installation by a group of young Moscow artists calling themselves Medical Hermeneutics, was not so much the work itself as a 90-page text that the group has written, a document that lays out the group’s phantom image of Switzerland, a country they had never visited before this exhibition. But only a fraction of these writings was presented here. The three members of the group—Pawel Pepperstein, Sergej Anufriew, and Wladimir Fjodorow—are obviously less concerned with transmitting facts than with demonstrating radically subjective antiideological thought structures. By combining various narrative and discursive strands, they created a mental topography and a mobile network of relationships that allowed them to situate their own identities.

Like Ilya Kabakov’s installations, Die Schweitz + die Medizin

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