Even today Universities adhere to a time-honoured hierarchy of professors, readers, lecturers, demonstrators, and technicians – a structure first established in the European anatomical ‘theatres’ of the 16th and 17th centuries. These were the players in the theatre of anatomy, but inevitably it was the cadaver that took centre stage.
In Anatomy Lessons, Karen Ingham explores anatomy theatres and dissecting rooms in Edinburgh, Dublin, London, and Padua – and discovers spaces in which the notion of surface is probed and dissected in the search to create structure and meaning – to find what lies beneath. The body is a ghostly presence – yet in the theatre of anatomy even the lifeless stage may be imbued with a sense of drama.
Karen Ingham is a senior lecturer at Swansea Institute and Head of the Centre for Lens-Based Arts. Her work has been exhibited worldwide and previous publications include Paradise Park (2000), Death’s Witness (2001), and Ha Ha: Margam Re-visited (2002).This project has been completed with support from The Wellcome Trust, The Arts & Humanities Research Board and The Centre for Lens-Based Arts at Swansea Institute.
Hardback, 64 pages
42 colour photographs
200mm x 210mm