Livestream access 24h/7 for 25 days, starting on 6/9/2020 and concluding on 7/3/2020.
“Each dissolving form alludes to the body, dismantling of disability stigmas, and the reality of undermined reproductive rights intrinsic to the use of living cells in the treatment of genetic disease aiming to expand interpretations of ecological symbiosis and disabilities.”
Limeflower Heterodoxy is a new video work by artist Sharona Franklin featuring the slow decomposition of one of her signature gelatin sculptures. With this work, Franklin takes the viewer into an exploration of healing methodologies, contrasting the different approaches of psychedelic and plant based medicine intertwined within the pharmaco-industrial complex. The work centers the experiences of childhood illness, contrasted with the alien and often dehumanizing experiences of cytotoxic and pharmaceutical systems. Characteristic of her practice, her molded gelatin works contain organic matter—flowers, leaves, fruit—and other elements representing nature. In many of Franklin’s works, the pieces of plant matter coexist in a bionic nature beside remnants of biopharmaceutical treatments such as glass syringes and metal hardware. Referred to by the artist as bioshrines, the sculptures embody tensions and contradictions held for those whose treatments include both natural medicine and—sometimes ethically controversial—biopharmaceutical care. Limeflower Heterodoxy is a reference to the medicinal benefits of the flower. A well-known natural antidepressant, the limeflower has sedative and relaxing qualities and is also commonly used against the flu. Below the jellies, tendrils hang from the armature of the metal, paper mache sculpture, memorializing the lab mice used to test pharmaceutical treatments. The gelatin sculpture will bring together these disparate modes of treatment and medical care by literally embodying both natural limeflowers and elements of the artist’s own medicine, creating its own heterodox position.
Decomposition is an integral part of Franklin’s process, as she invites visitors to come back and revisit her sculptures over the course of an exhibition, see their transformation in space, as time and organic matter collide. This livestream video will grant the viewer a real time access to the transformation at any moment of the day or night. he livestream surveils the work, mimicking the way those who are bureaucratized, medicalized, and institutionalized exist in disempowered states with precarity to medical resources. Thought of as a slowly transforming still life, the livestream may function as a window into another world, a digital painting, an escape, or a moment of calm in a period of general unrest.
This installation is hosted at grunt gallery in Vancouver and produced with the support of VIVO Media Arts Centre.
The livestream will be available starting 6/9/2020. You must have a Printed Matter username and password in order to access this edition.
Please Note: This is a digital rendering and the actual work may vary.
Sharona Franklin b. 1987 is a Canadian multidisciplinary artist, writer and advocate.
Her work explores radical therapies, cybernetic craft, ecological systems, bio-ritualism, pharmacological and social inter-dependency disseminating mythologies of class and biocitizenship within disability. Franklin’s visual media practice can be viewed through social media platforms @paid.technologies, @star_seeded and @hot.crip. Through ontological study and utilizing natural, salvaged, biodegradable, edible, print media and digital mediums, her psychedelic works invite the viewer into facets of biopharmaceutical investigations and educational community practice.
Recent exhibitions include Kings Leap, NYC, Unit 17, Vancouver, Canada, G44 Center for Contemporary Photography, Toronto, Canada, New Image Art Gallery Los Angeles, CA, and Flux Factory, New York, NY. Recent publications include Injustice in Biopharm, 2019, Cassandra Press and Rental Bod, 2016, Peace Library Publications