Helen Pynor’s practice spans large-scale installations through to small intimate works, using photography, sculpture, video, media art, wet biology and performance. She explores philosophically and experientially ambiguous zones such as the life-death boundary and the inter-subjective borderlands of organ transplantation. Experimentation and engagement with living biological entities is essential to her research, sometimes undertaken in extreme conditions such as heart transplant operating theatres or abattoir killing floors, and at other times in the more measured environments of scientific laboratories. In this exclusive interview she discusses ‘The Body is a Big Place’, a collaborative installation work by herself and Peta Clancy, exploring organ transplantation and the ambiguous thresholds between life and death.
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