Orshi Drozdik

Knoll Gallery | Vienna

Orshi Drozdik’s recent exhibition “Manufacturing the Self/Body Self,” can be seen as the culmination of a project the artist has been working on for a decade. In the series “Love letters to the Medical Venus,” 1984–94, Drozdik describes the intensity of her experience with the Medical Venus in the Josphenium in Vienna. She first encountered this 18th-century anatomical wax model of a naked woman with an open abdominal and chest cavity in 1984, the subject of her series of black and white photographs entitled “My dear Medical Venus,” 1984–94. The perspective of the individual photographs shifts between the isolation of certain details and the entire figure, which allows the beauty or the eroticism of the model to become visible, and others where the opening in the body is the primary focus. While the first pictures examined their subject as a living being with a certain participation in

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