A Stranger in a Strange Land

For last term’s assignment I curated a vitrine display in response to archive material from the Gallery at NUA concerning an exhibition which was held there in November 1992; Somatic States.

I had not read Susan Sontag’s searing indictment of the medical and public response to illness (in this case, cancer, specifically) until now, but the opening paragraph resonates with my own thinking about the ways in which the newly-diagnosed or newly-disabled are  forced to negotiate their way through a new landscape with an entirely new set of rules for living (and dying).

Illness is the night-side of life, a more onerous citizenship. Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship, in the kingdom of the well and in the kingdom of the sick. Although we all prefer to use only the good passport, sooner or later each of us is obliged, at least for a spell, to identify ourselves as citizens of that other place.”  (Susan Sontag, New York Review of Books; January 26 1978)

A Stranger in a Strange Land (Christine Lewis May 2013)

Draft Proposal (November 2013)


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