Photo Yö ry (c) Johanna Naukkarinen

Johanna Naukkarinen: Anatomical Venus

Lönnrotinkatu 33, 00180 Helsinki
Yö Galleria

This exhibition is an exploration of the strict gender roles embedded within historical anatomical imagery through the anatomical Venus,

This exhibition is an exploration of the strict gender roles embedded within historical anatomical imagery through the anatomical Venus, a Venus-like life-size wax figure from the 18th century. 

Johanna Naukkarinen uses photography, digital drawing, and image montage to examine this phenomenon intersecting the history of art and medicine. 

To showcase the absurdity of gender roles in the history of anatomy, she brings together various imageries from different contexts in an analytical and playful way.  

 

The anatomical Venus wax figures were first made in Italy during the 18th century. These figures were used for teaching anatomy to the general public and were moulded into the form inspired by the portrayal of Venus in the visual arts.  

 

The exhibition widens to trace the common pictorial language of visual arts and the history of medicine.   

Yö Galleria

2.-19.9.2021

Tue-Fri 14.00-19.00, Sat-Sun 12.00-17.00

Free entry

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