Overview, Images
Gabrielle Hall-Lomax, Skins, 2023, inkjet print, 65 x 65 cm. Courtesy the artist.

Unbodied

Gabrielle Hall-Lomax

22 May–15 Jun 2024

Unbodied, draws from a personal medical struggle and subsequent diagnosis, sparking a conversation on the historically complex and often misunderstood nature of women’s bodies and health. It considers the historical lens through which their physical and mental health has been viewed, a lens often clouded by misogyny and myth surrounding 'female nature’.

Within the series, the age-old narratives of hysteria, witchcraft, and other damaging myths become points of inquiry. These archaic constructs, once used to police and pathologies women's bodies, linger subtly within Western healthcare today, affecting diagnosis and treatment.


Unbodied employs photography, moving image and performative self-portraiture to confront these misinterpretations. The work deepens the conversation by layering these elements with archival material concerning representations of women’s health, presenting an interdisciplinary exploration across different periods and societal contexts. It probes into how these historical perceptions persist and influence the contemporary understanding of our bodies.

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Lumen printing workshop

Saturday 1 June 2-4pm.

This interactive session introduces lumen printing, an early photographic process using sunlight and photosensitive materials to produce images. Participants will grasp the basics, then craft their own prints with materials provided, reflecting the exhibition's themes.

Workshop will run for 2 hours. 12 places.

Please register your attendance here.

Onsite, Exhibition
Overview

Unbodied combines photography, moving imagery, and installation to interrogate historical and contemporary perceptions of women's health. Drawing from a personal medical experience, the exhibition challenges enduring societal myths and their subtle influence on western healthcare, prompting a critical discourse on the complexity and often misunderstood nature of women's bodies.

Opening: 23 May 2024, 8am–10am
Lumen Printing Workshop: 1 Jun 2024, 4am–6am

This program takes place on the land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We recognise that sovereignty was never ceded - this land is stolen land. We pay respects to Wurundjeri Elders, past, present and emerging, to the Elders from other communities and to any other Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders who might encounter or participate in the program.

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The Nicholas Building

Room 14, Level 7, 37 Swanston Street

Melbourne, Victoria, 3000

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Working on unceded sovereign land of the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation, Blindside pays respect to Elders, past, present and emerging.


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Working on unceded sovereign land of the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation, Blindside pays respect to Elders, past, present and emerging.