As an off-site project, the Barbican recreated Blood Hyphen, one of Chadwick’s key installations, at the Woodbridge Chapel (formerly the Clerkenwell Medical Mission) where it was originally shown.
The work, created in 1988, is an important transitional piece exploring more allegorical ways of representing the body. The venue is a non-conformist chapel which for some years housed an NHS surgery. In the 1970s a false ceiling was installed, removing the top of the hall from view. In Blood Hyphen, Chadwick used the hall’s history as a medical treatment centre and created an installation in the hidden space which was darkened and filled with smoke. A laser beam cut across the darkness to hit a transparency depicting cells from a cervical smear test. Chadwick said she wanted the space to be experienced as a bodily cavity as well as having religious overtones. To see the work, visitors climb a ladder and look through a hole in the ceiling.
Supported by TwoTen Gallery & Contemporary Initiatives/The Wellcome Trust, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the Arts Council of England.
Barbican Art Gallery, London
29 Apr–1 Aug 2004
Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester
25 Sep–21 Nov 2004
Trapholt Kunstmuseet, Kolding
20 Jan–9 May 2005
Liljevalchs Konsthall, Stockholm
17 Sep–25 Nov 2005