public anatomy

Design by Nancy Bernardo
Writing by Allison Schuette

Through text and image, Allison Schuette and Nancy Bernardo explored the ways in which we as individuals and as a society approach the body in order to organize experience. They take anatomy as a metaphor for this process and gender as its subject. By juxtaposing personal narrative with cultural analysis, they first argue that science has played a supporting role in the way patriarchy objectifies women before it turns and problematizes this very position. In the end, Schuette and Bernardo suggest neither patriarchy nor the practice of anatomy is a totalizing system. There are always fissures through which individuals can approach the body.