New Psychedelia of Industrial Healing
March 29 to April 27
Opening Reception March 29, 6pm
New Psychedelia of Industrial Healing is a daily cycling bio-installation, adopting the structure of durational performance and sculpture, meditating on medical treatments which the artist began 20-years ago. Each daily composition exposes disability through a process of bio-ritual: the embodiment of biopharmacology, biocitizenship, and the unveiled autobiography of a daily ritual, private self injection, and the treatment of genetic disease. Within the altars assembled, documented and connected through Instagram, live cells are arranged among unprecious objects. The syringe creates a new psychedelia of visual meditations, interjecting social media algorithms, and reclaiming a long-standing alienation. Each image confronts questions of “Who defines celebration while policing the expression of the disabled?” A selection from over a hundred of her images allow us to linger with this experiment in de-stigmatization.
—Curated by Steffanie Ling
Sharona Franklin's (b. 1987) work disseminates a personal mythology of gender, class, bio-citizenship, and botany. Her work is reflexive to propaganda, transhumanism and bioethics, working to expand contemporary interpretations of genetic engineering. In 2016 Franklin published a book of visual prose titled Rental Bod (Publication Studio Vancouver, 2016).
Image: Sharona Franklin, New Psychedelia of Industrial Healing, 2018.