Montreal

Louise Wilson and Alexa Wright

La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse

In an attempt to demystify modern medicine, Louise Wilson and Alexa Wright presented “Corps-Machine engrenage médicale,” (Body-machine medical machine), a show that not only emphasized the highly codified and symbolic nature of the rituals of modern medicine, but gave the viewer a sense of where the human and the scientific seem distinctly at odds. Wilson and Wright contend that the precision-driven instruments, diagnostic procedures, and emphasis on objective data of specialized medicine leave the patient with little control over his or her own body.

For Transplant I, 1995, Wright presented her reconstruction of a surgical heart transplant in a corridor of the gallery, at the back of which hung a life-sized photo of a knight in armor. In Wright’s words “the transplanted body and the armored body present two opposed expressions of being, both of them addressing some of the metaphors which

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