Body As Archive
September 19 - November 19, 2020
WAAM is pleased to present the studio archives of Puerto-Dominican artist Sonia Baez Hernandez. Body As Archive explores the artist's relationship with the poetics of corporeal mapping and documentation and suggests that the body is ultimately a space that holds transformative possibilities. The body becomes a site where the “will to archive” predominates, as suggested by historian Andre Lepecki, where the artist confronts and examines personal, cultural and historical (re)constructions.
The installation includes drawings, sculpture, found objects and printed material. Most of the items on view are from the installation “Carcinoma le deuil impossible”, an evolving body of work that Hernandez began in 2001 after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. As the artist notes, “this work interweaves the experiences of my living body, history, and cultural construction of gender and ideal beauty. beauty. Breast cancer and its treatment place the body into a path of deformities, cicatrisation, transformations, and gender crisis. This experience incarnates an encounter with newness and the body as raw material”.