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The Patient: The Medical Subject In Contemporary Art

3rd June 2016 @ 10:00 am - 6th August 2016 @ 5:00 pm

The Patient, group exhibition at  UNSW Galleries.


The exhibition examines the embodied experience of the artist as medical patient and the medical patient as living subject in contemporary art.

The word patient has a dual meaning. It describes a state of being – of bearing a situation quietly, without complaint. It also describes a person in a hospital or clinical context, who is ill and undergoing diagnosis or treatment. The word originates from the Latin patiens, which means “suffering, enduring”. And for the medical patient, it is a common enough experience to wait, with pain.

The exhibition explores the ways in which artists engage with powerful human experiences in the fields of health, biological science and medicine, contributing to discourse on the representation of illness, disease, care, individual agency and what it is to be human.

Participating artists: Ingrid Bachmann (Canada), John A Douglas (Australia), Brenton Heath-Kerr (Aus), Carol Jerrems (Aus), Eugenie Lee (Korea/Aus), David McDiarmid (Aus), Helen Pynor (Aus/UK), Jo Spence (UK), ORLAN (France), John Wynne (UK) & Tim Wainwright (Aus/UK), Bob Flanagan & Sheree Rose (US), and Guy Ben-Ary (US/Aus) with Nathan Thompson, Andrew Fitch, Douglas Bakkum, Stuart Hodgetts, Mike Edel.

Curated by guest curator and UNSW Art & Design PhD candidate Bec Dean.


Read more about the exhibition on the UNSW website and in the Programe

Read more about John Wynne and Tim Wainwright’s work Transplant.



3rd June 2016 @ 10:00 am
6th August 2016 @ 5:00 pm


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UNSW Galleries
PADDINGTON, NSW 2021 Australia
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