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Artists' Association MUU » CHRISTELLE MAS – X-RAYS
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MUU Gallery
Lönnrotinkatu 33, Helsinki, Finland
Open: Tue – Fri 12-17, Sat – Sun 12-16

image: Christelle Mas

Consisting of photographic collages produced with the help of scientific imaging techniques, Christelle Mas’s exhibition explores the relationship of humanity and technology. The source images include medical photographs, MRI images, scanning electron microscope pictures, X-rays and retinal images combined with drawing and collage.

Join us for the opening of the exhibition on Friday, 31 May 2019, from 17:00–19:00.

Photographs are today created using all kinds of imaging devices. They are used both to convey information and as tools for control. Drone cameras, medical imaging systems that see deeper or with greater acuity than the human eye, satellites capable of scanning the entire Earth – these are all imaging methods enabled by modern technology.

We have become accustomed to a constant flow of images. Today we can all see into places that were previously hidden. With medical imaging techniques we can see under the skin, into a closed world that the human eye cannot normally penetrate. According to Foucault, our bodies are under the magnifying glass of power. A retinal scan camera is a piece of bodily surveillance technology that belongs to the realm of biopower. Foucault’s term biopower is a broad concept that refers to surveillance technologies that target the human body.

Christelle Mas (b. 1984) is a French artist living in Oulu who has made Finland her home. Her mediums are photography, drawing and installation. Mas’s art is often inspired by popular science and the visualisations of medicine or mechanical technology. Although her starting point is science, in the course of her creative process fictional truths evolve into a reflection of her own inner world.

Mas has a Master of Arts degree from the University of Sorbonne in Paris, where she also earned a BA the philosophy of art. She has displayed her work in several solo and joint exhibitions both in Finland and internationally. Works by Christelle Mas are included in the collections of Oulu Art Museum and Kemi Art Museum, and in private collections. Mas is a member of the Bioart Society.

This exhibition is generously supported by the Paulo Foundation.