In a system as complicated as the human body, with such variation of form and function and adaptation, there is much that can go wrong. And as far as medical technology has advanced, especially in the last hundred years, there's still so much that we're only partially equipped to deal with. How we deal with the problems that do arise -- personally and societally -- may bring out significant human qualities: innovation, empathy, perseverance, and adaptability. It is in this way that this collection of maladies and ailments, common or unique, offers not only a look at our weakness, but at our strengths.
FRAGMENTS by Ali Cherri
Archaeological artefacts, Taxidermy bird, Light table - Variable dimensions - Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Imane Farès, Paris
Assembled over a year of visits to auction houses in Europe, Fragments looks at the commercial value of historical objects. These archaeological artefacts are acquired on the ‘legal’ market by experts who verify origin and provenance. However, many objects in the market are fake; next to a first millennium Indian bust could be sitting a counterfeit Greek sculpture fabricated in a Parisian suburb. What stories do these objects tell? Are they an index of long-lost history or the reflection of a society that lusts for material possession?