September 15 - October 7, 1995
Symbiosis took over a site that had previously been occupied by
The Institute for Restorative, Cosmetic & Liposuction Surgery,
whose owners saw the urgency to relocate following the negative
publicity and subsequent inquest into the death of their patient
Toni Sullivan. The Clinic was the first opportunity for Symbiosis
topresent a unified perspective on themes such as body image, beauty-fetishism,
the medical industrial complex and its ethical shortcomings.
From left to right:
Examine/Expose: plaster cast figure, labcoats with image transfers,
Beauty Bags: clay letters in bags containing silicon gel. drawers
contain private patient files left behind by previous tenants.
Beauty Bags: detail (letter
B inside drawer containing decomposing silicon)
photo documentation: Barbara Greczny