Saturday, 5 September 2015
Scott Rogers at Collective, Edinburgh
Central to the exhibition is a text work developed between the artist and cultural anthropologist Shirley Lindenbaum on the subject of kuru, a neurological disorder experienced by the South Fore people in Papua New Guinea. Similar to Mad Cow Disease and often referred to as ‘Laughing Sickness’, the disorder spread predominantly due to the consumption of human brain matter and was eventually eradicated through the introduction of western cultural practices. Concentrating on Shirley’s fieldwork with the South Fore people the text considers the link between the epidemic and cultural change, particularly in relation to colonialism.
Image Credit: John James Audubon, Passenger Pigeons, c.1824.