Bodies Under Investigation

© maria paschalidou 2003

Bodies Under Investigation is a photographic installation of multiple digital archival inkjet prints of various sizes. The installation is accompanied by a short looped digital video of 3 minutes duration.

This body of work concerns the interactions and transformations of the body as it gets in contact with medical technology. It is a performance of bodies that refers to an hypothetical and fictitious medical examination. Bodies are covered by powder referring to the clinic and antiseptic appearance required before any medical examination. Specific types of numbering and text, diagrams and rules, used by medical imaging, are ascribed on the surface of the bodies. The images convey a screening, a viewing of the body that is not seen when x-rayed. In this way the fragmented body demands its wholeness/references back and manifests itself as a site of resistance.

Photographic images
(partial presentation)


Video stills








Visual Immortality
, M54 Project Space & H95 Space for Culture; Basel, Switzerland, May 10–June 30, 2007

She – Snap, Schopf Gallery On Lake, Chicago, Dec. 10, 2004 – Jan. 14, 2005

2nd International Biennial for Contemporary Art Shumen 2006, Visual Immortality; Shumen, Bulgaria, Jul. 3– Sep. 30, 2006. Curators: Elena Panayotova, Peter Tzanev

The Chicago Project, Catherine Edelman Gallery, online group exhibition. Sep. 2004

MFA, Glass Curtain Gallery, Chicago, May 14 – June 12. Curator: Barbara Kasten

By Arrangement, Public Installation, In–Transit Gallery; Merchandise Mart Brown Line Metro Station; Chicago, Jun.-Sep. 2002