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Ligia Bouton Presents a Show on Kafka, Charlotte Bronte and Tuberculosis



Jul 01 2016 - Aug 06 2016


LOCATION

Peters Projects
1011 Paseo de Peralta
Santa Fe, NM

Opening Reception:

Jul 01 2016

The Cage Went in Search of a Bird explores how tuberculosis captured America and Europe’s collective cultural imagination during the 19th century, creating an image of an illness that affected both the body and the spirit. A person who was consumptive could have been terminally ill with a deeply debilitating bacterial, or could have been someone who was simply solitary and artistic. Ultimately, many artists and writers were considered consumptive whether or not they were, as the illness infected the 19th century romantic and artistic imagination as thoroughly as it did the body. As a result, much of the medical apparatus and treatments developed at this time display an imaginative resonance that goes far beyond medical reality. It was perceived that the spirit was in peril at the same time the body ailed.

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