Examination: Only doctors and photographers examine people’s bodies at distances reserved for lovers.
Body Imaging morphs a physician’s office into a photo studio where the real overlaps with the faux, the border between public and private becomes porous, investigation couples with intimacy, notions of service collide with exchange, and the humorous mingles with the serious.
Procedure and Treatment: People in the waiting room fill out questionnaires, then enter the office to consult about which body part they’ve picked for imaging. Here preexisting conditions are a plus. Photos are taken in the studio with patients/participants involved in choosing the final image; photos are immediately printed out, placed in VIP plastic badges and given to patients/participants as mementos for their contribution. Body Imaging affords a unique collaborative occasion to make photos of all types of bodies, allowing people to display as much/little exhibitionism as they wish in a protected, safe environment.
And no, I don’t take insurance.
Abby Robinson has exhibited work in the US, Europe and Asia with Body Imaging installations held in NYC, in Shanghai’s Yongkang Lu Art Center, and the Cosmopolitan Hotel’s P3 Studio in Las Vegas (sponsored by the Art Production Fund). One-person shows include: FotoFest, Blue Sky Gallery, Barcelona’s H2O Gallery and The Workshop in Hong Kong. Robinson received grants from the Fulbright Program, Siskind Foundation, New York Foundation of the Arts, the Asian Cultural Council and the American Institute of Sri Lankan Studies. Fellowships include: Yaddo, MacDowell, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Light Works, Altos de Chavon (Dominican Republic) and Three Shadows (Beijing). Robinson has written for Asian Art News, PDNedu, and the Trans-Asia Photography Review plus published a novel, The Dick and Jane, based on her work with a private investigator. Photos have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Photo District News, and Dear Dave. Prints are in the collections of the Whitney, the Museum of Fine Arts (Houston), the Portland Art Museum, and the Benton Museum of Art. Robinson teaches at the School of Visual Arts in both the Photography and the Graphic Design & Advertising Departments and directs SVA’s Photography Workshop in Shanghai.
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