Narrative Remains

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Narrative Remains

 

'Narrative Remains' is a collaboration between artist and writer Karen Ingham and the Hunterian Museum. This film accompanied a site-specific installation at the Hunterian, which contains a large number of 'wet specimens', preserved elements of human anatomy, collected by the anatomist John Hunter.

Ingham's work brings the dead back to life through their displayed organs, giving the patients a voice and a narrative that connects to the preserved specimen. One such is the throat of Marianne Harland, a musically talented young woman who lost first her famed voice, and then her life, to tuberculosis.

Narrative Remains, Ingham hopes, will "help to stimulate informed discussion around the retention, preservation, study and display of preserved body parts,"but is not merely about engagement with medical history. It is also about " the power of art to transform and provoke to bring to life what at first glance appear to be still, dead objects to animate the inanimate."

Narrative Remains was funded by a Wellcome Trust Arts Award.

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