- Stati d'alterazione: mappare la vita sociale delle opere d'arte: She loved to breathe - Pure Silence (1987-2012) di Zarina Bhimji
- Book title
- Tra memoria e oblio: Percorsi nella conservazione dell'arte contemporanea
- Pages (from-to)
- Rome: Castelvecchi
- Document type
- Faculty of Humanities (FGw)
- Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA)
Published in italian:
Stati d'alterazione: mappare la vita sociale delle opere d'arte
She loved to breathe - Pure Silence (1987-2012)
di Zarina Bhimji
This essay considers a single work by the artist Zarina Bhimji, entitled She Loved to Breathe--Pure Silence, 1987, in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. This art work is comprised of four panels, each containing two photographs, fine muslin fabric, and in one, a pair of surgical gloves. Proposing that works of art have 'social lives', the essay examines the changes that have taken place over time to the condition of the work, and the conservation strategies which have been devised for it, especially those for its display at the artist's major retrospective at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in 2012. The essay tracks the artwork's passage through varied locations and the potential impact of these spaces on its social life. The essay concludes by exploring the extent to which transformations to the work's material condition and appearance, as well as changing social and historical contexts, may effect responses and interpretations.
Key words conservation, social lives of art works, biography, Zarina Bhimji
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