Bi-bli-o-logia: The Book as Body

Curators: Drorit Gur Arie, Raphael Sigal 26.11.2015 - 26.3.2016

The body, any body, is an archive or book; we contain the genetic information of all the bodies that have preceded us, to which we are connected through webs of biological information and memory. Noga Inbar works with bits of information culled from the pages of this book. The images she prints along the vertical axis of each of her works were sampled from her own body, which she has volunteered to undergo a variety of medical procedures. She uses advanced imaging technologies, such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) or Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), to generate visual information, which she prints on fragile paper.
Inbar’s paper is made of fiber cells peeled off from the underside of the bark of various trees. Her works are therefore a projection of one inner layer (Inbar’s body) on another (the tree’s bark). In this way, which is associated with Bio Art, the paper skin becomes a support on which the artist exteriorizes a contemporary body image—a microoptic one which has gradually been replacing the traditional perception of the body as viewed from the outside. The body is no longer experienced as a whole in which invisible things occur. The virtual crossing of the boundary between exterior and interior causes us to experience the body as an image of itself, in which the distinction between subcutaneous biology and dermal text (face, skin color) collapses. Text and book have become as one.