Anna Boehler (2022)
acrylic paint on skin
This work is about vulnerability and the feeling of being vulnerable. There is a special exposure to vulnerability for everyone who is taking part in health care systems, be it of course as a patient who potentially suffers restrictions in their physical and/or psychic integrity trough illness or also the caregivers who are under pressure to be attentive, know the right things, act and speak properly all the time. But in general, everyone comes into the world and the machinery of society and institutions as an individual with totally different preconditions. Thereby everyone shows different kinds of vulnerability, some more, some less. If present, these vulnerabilities often get de-emphasized by others or hidden by ourselves. However, some of them may be visible for our counterpart at first sight. But a lot of vulnerabilities are invisible for others and nevertheless burdensome for oneself. As a student very interested in dissection, I chose the exposed heart painted directly on the skin of my model to point to these invisible vulnerabilities and make their existence visible in the crude language of anatomy.