Infinite Surface

Sawdon Smith, Richard (2017) Infinite Surface. [Show/Exhibition]


Infinite Surface is a collaborative project between Jonathan Armour and Richard Sawdon Smith which focuses on the subject matter of Richard’s (auto) biography, in particular his tattooed HIV + body. Diagnosed in 1994, Richard has visually documented repetitive trips to the clinic for blood tests to screen for levels of ill-health. The tattoos, a process using needles to puncture the skin like the blood tests, of the circulatory system reveal the medical procedures of illness, referencing not only pain and the rupturing of the body’s surface but the repetition and banalities of life under the clinical gaze. The film allows the audience to travel through the inverted and undetectable body of Richard in an attempt to reduce stigma about people living with HIV.

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