© Sarah Sudhoff, Clean 2, from the series Repository

© Sarah Sudhoff, Fallopian Tube, from the series Repository
© Sarah Sudhoff, Exploratory Surgery, from the series Repository

“I examine the body within a medical context by exploring through photography, video and performance four main themes: pathological waste; containment of the body and its parts; fragmentation and violence against the body; a subject’s relationship to a specific environment.
Following my surgery in 2004 for cervical cancer, I began to photograph, film and perform in hospitals, morgues, medical museums and my doctors’ offices. The photographic and film works focus attention on the physical and often emotional traces cancer and surgery can leave on the body while challenging the prescribed treatment for recovery and role of the patient.
Through self-portraiture and self-performance, private rituals are revealed to the public only through documentation. Personal experiences are intertwined with unfamiliar environments thus creating a new environment for the viewer through their experience in the space. Seen as a whole, the works engage the viewer through the repetition of enviornments, movements, sounds and visuals. The same character’s presence in many of the works allows for an introspective look at these, in some cases unfamiliar worlds in comparison to one another.
The combination of images and videos and the juxtaposition of these varied works is intended to be overwhelming for the viewer. The repetition of spaces, procedures and a central character highlights and reshapes our thoughts on medical environments, the treatment of our bodies in these spaces, what role we have at protecting our bodies and the lengths we will go to achieve a sense of health. While the journey stems from a personal bout with cancer, I hope to resonate with each viewer as they participate in the space and reflect on the work.”
Sarah Sudhoff

More of this work can be seen here

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