The Anatomical Man
August 10 - September 1, 2012
Neukölln, 12055 Berlin, Germany
Sawdon Smith has been exploring representations of HIV/AIDs through his work for the last 18 years. His work shifts easily between documentary and tableau.
The Anatomical Man is a persona created by Sawdon Smith; it is his tattooed alter ego. The artist is interested in the many identities and bodies that an individual can present to the world “we are not necessarily the same person we are with our parents as we are with our gay lover, this is not the same body of my 18 year youth, however much I wish it was.”
“Like many other HIV + people life can often be divided in to pre- and post-diagnosis so fundamental is the shift in perception of ourselves”.
“Now I look at my life pre- and post-tattoo as it has created another fundamental shift not only in my perception of self, almost as much as the HIV diagnosis but how others perceive me as well”.
Sawdon Smith's work is also featured in this month's web gallery, BLOODBROTHERS