Ian Haig works across media, from video, sculpture, drawing, technology based media and installation. Haig’s practice refuses to accept that the low and the base level are devoid of value and cultural meaning. His body obsessed themes can be seen throughout a large body of work over the last twenty years. Previous works have looked to the contemporary media sphere and its relationship to the visceral body, the degenerative aspects of pervasive new technologies, to cultural forms of fanaticism and cults, to ideas of attraction and repulsion, body horror and the defamiliarisation of the human body.
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Disfigurement - The History of Art, 2014
2 mins (loop), Sound by Camilla Hannan
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A single channel video work

A series of images taken from the National Archaeological museum and Acropolis museum in Athens, Greece are reanimated. The history of western art in the form of classical Greek sculptures form the basis of this work. Such sculptures give us the human face that has been damaged, disfigured, broken and bodies dismembered.

Historically however such disfigured heads are still perceived as beautiful, their readings sublimated, in any other context however faces with missing noses, skulls split open, eyes removed, and faces damaged beyond repair would be repellent, but such material forms the very basis of the human body in the history of western art, a history based on disfigurement of the human form.

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