Artist: Carol Peña-Santos
While noting that part of the MRF used to be a veterinary hospital, Peña-Santos physically stages her fascination for hospitals as institutions of power and control as popularly tagged to Michel Foucault’s writing. She creates a simulation of this clinical space, through the laying out of a bare site lined with white tiles and a central ocular contraption. Through this, and despite the immediate siting of the work in a potentially toxic MRF, she hopes to reassert the idea of nature as an environment for healing. As visitors are encouraged to enter into what is meant to be a portal or a rabbit hole, a sense of hope or anticipation is counted on as a way to wear down some degrees of fear and anxiety usually attributed to the trauma of bodily subjecting to protocols of colonizing medical sites.
Kyrios and Kyrioser by Carol Peña-Santos