Andres Serrano The Morgue (Knifed to Death I)
Catherine Yass, Corridor
Roger Palmer, Meat
This issue presents new work which deals with concepts of mortality. Andres Serrano undertook a three month project in a morgue, where he photographed 95 percent of the bodies passing through during that time. The images reproduced here include a number from The Morgue series, Objects of Desire, and Budapest. Andrea Fisher presents The Classification of White, a project specially created for PORTFOLIO, which continues her work on historical memory and mortality.
Helen Chadwick's Wreaths to Pleasure, exquisite compositions of flowers and household substances, refer to rituals of love and death and a constant permeation of self. Zarina Bhimji and Catherine Yass have created photographic works for the Artists in Hospitals Scheme, a project which funds artists to create work inspired by and for permanent display in specific medical institutions. Zarina Bhimji has produced two very different sets of photographs for Charing Cross Hospital; Catherine Yass' project, Corridors, for Springfield Hospital, involves a series of lightboxes which question the relationship between identity and the authority of the medical institution.
Olivier Richon's photo-text work, The Hunt, incorporates text from Plato's Sophist and comments upon the question of imitation and on the genre of the still life. Hannah Collins' The Hunter's Space, was created during visits to Poland in 1993 and 1994, which explores the cycles of mortality and renewal and the relationship between nature and a society in transition. Roger Palmer's work in South Africa spans a ten-year period; we publish three series of works which reflect on language and difference.
Serrano The Morgue and Other Works
Chadwick Wreaths to Pleasure
Richon The Hunt
Palmer Works from South Africa
Fisher The Classification of White
Europe in our Time:
Positives and Negatives:
Olivier Richon, The Hunt