After a True Story: Giant and Fairy Tales by Christine Borland

The work shows the outline of two skeletons, installed by placing a cast of the originals on a glass shelf and creating an outline in dust, through which a light is shone to cast a shadow on the supporting wall.


Glass & dust & lights & two books
Art Fund grant:
£15,750 ( Total: £38,250)
Acquired in:
Lisson Gallery

The skeletons are of a 7ft adult male and 2ft female child, both of whom lived in the late 18th Century/early 19th Century, were exhibited in 'freak shows', and whose bodies were sold and stolen respectively after their death for scientific research. In the accompanying books the artist re-tells their individual stories. The piece reflects the artist's interest in how scientists work with human remains in a way that can disregard the individuals' identities and personal values.


Lisson Gallery.

Venue details

GoMA, Gallery of Modern Art Royal Exchange Square, GLASGOW Strathclyde G1 3AZ 01412 873 050

Entry details

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