Wednesday, 25 July 2012


The Wellcome Collection in London has recently opened Superhuman: Exploring Human Enhancement from 600BC to 2050 to coincide with the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games (CLICK). With over 100 artworks, artefacts, videos and photos, it covers everything from Icarus to Spiderman and from false noses to knitted breasts. Shown is a still from artist Regina José Galindo's video Recortepor la Linea (Cut Through the Line) made in 2005. She stood naked while a cosmetic surgeon marked her body for the changes he would make to enhance her body. She made the film in Venezuela, the country with the third highest rates of aesthetic procedures per capita. The exhibition continues until 16 October and is free. It runs alongside the Wellcome Image Awards (CLICK), also free. CLICK for a Telegraph slide show.


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