Narrative Remains

Narrative Remains by Artist Karen Ingham

Reading about and discussing the Hunterian Museum reminded me of my many visits there while living in London last year. Although the museum seems to have  lost much of its glory if I see the images of the building before it was partly destroyed in 1941, the collection is still an inspiring one. The museum was never busy and I found it a wonderful environment to ponder the many strangely beautiful and extremely visceral specimens, both human and animal. I particularly enjoyed the installation by Karen Ingham titled ‘Narrative Remains’ which revealed the human stories behind some of the displayed specimens. These very personal stories enabled the visitor to interact with the display on a level beyond the anatomical and encouraged the viewer to reflect on their own mortality. Through initiating an interaction between the display and the past, Ingham was able to enrich the interaction between the same display and the visitor and so emphasized the relevance of the specimens in a contemporary context. The Hunterian Museum continues to invite artists working in a variety of media to reinterpret and react on their collections which is a valuable tool to make their collections more relevant and accessible to visitors today. If you are interested you can read about these exhibitions and collaborations here.

RH

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One response to “Narrative Remains

  1. The exhibition you wrote sounds really interesting! I like the idea of the stories behind the objects being part of the exhibition especially when they are so personal. I think it really helps the viewer identify with the display on a human level. It is when universal ideas are presented in this way that an exhibition really communicates and stays in the memory of the visitor even after leaving the museum. I also noticed that Elaine Duigenan who’s work is now on display at the Hunterian Museum is also participating in an exhibition called ‘Planet Earth’ at The New York Hall of Science.
    Maybe this is worth visiting…

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