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Off Script: Stories and Visual Art from the Heart of Medicine

Friday October 7, 2022 5:30 pm


Blaffer Art Museum
University of Houston, First Floor Lobby
Houston, TX 77204
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Caring happens at the bedside and in unexpected places. How do show that you care? When does caring for someone or something fall short, hit the mark, or go too far?

Join Inprint on Friday, October 7, 5:30 pm for Off Script: Stories and Visual Art from the Heart of Medicine, a community reading featuring heartwarming stories on the theme of caring from local physicians, nurses, medical students, and many others. Readers will include Sylvia Omozee, Sophia Peng, Rania Moin, Johnna Wellesley, Sophie Schott, Paarth Kapadia, and Ony Iheanacho.

Visual art will also be on view at the Blaffer by three artists who propose meditations on the politics and complexities that infuse medicine and the healing process. Shana Hoehn, VLM (Virginia L. Montgomery), and Sarah Sudhoff have all spent significant time living and working in Texas, and each will share work that reformulates our visual and conceptual models of remedy, care, and therapy. Hoehn draws upon archival documents and images to interrogate how the diagnosis of psychosis has been applied and weaponized against women across time. Sudhoff marries autobiography, performance, and ongoing research to confront the devices that examine and penetrate female bodies within the medical enterprise. VLM expands further upon this perspective, orchestrating surreal video collages and lush sculptures that consider forms of spiritual healing for both the body and the larger planet.  As a whole, at a time when the autonomy and well-being of bodies have become increasingly contested in the public forum, this exhibition offers a space for a recalibration of care, and how it is practiced.

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