Subtle thresholds

Fritha Langerman, at Iziko, 2009-2010.

Subtle thresholds was a project specifically concerned with how the epistemological constructions of 'difference' and 'analogy' have been used to mediate the cultural understanding of pathology. In an attempt to communicate bodies of knowledge, the bio-medical and biological sciences have often had to rely on analogy to carry complex ideas, and it is these persuasive visual analogies that occupy a central role in the formation of public perception. Disease has been visualised as a state of difference – another category of existence. It is imagined as a space of separation, both physical and psychological whereby the patient becomes identified through and by their disease, or what Sander Gilman refers to as the fixity of disease as a constant other.