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Gallery Opening Reception: Naoe Suzuki – “Lost and Found”
October 12, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
From October 5 – November 15, 2017, the Boston Arts Academy will present “Lost and Found”, an exhibition by Naoe Suzuki.
Suzuki will be presenting Lost and Found, the second part of her project as the Artist-in-Residence at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. The Broad Institute is a world renowned biomedical research institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her observations inside the Institute led her to investigate what has been lost in the history of science and medicine while making progress, and eventually led her to the Edwin Smith Papyrus, the oldest medical textbook from 1,600 BC to include prognosis for the first time in history. On the verso, magic spells were introduced as medical treatment in the ancient Egypt.
Suzuki explores the interconnectedness of meaning between knowledge and belief, bringing forth forgotten beliefs—the magic spells that were mostly written on the verso side of the papyrus—and asks us what is legitimate, what we may have lost, what we still believe, and what we hope to find. These magic spells, which are undecipherable to untrained eyes, operate as a visual form, in a similar way with technical scientific writings that are difficult to understand by laypersons.