Natasha Demkina is The Girl with X-ray Eyes. Her claim: to be able to see directly inside of bodies down to the cellular level, beyond even the power of a technological eye. This publication documents Phillip Warnell's extraordinary encounter with Natasha, recorded in Moscow in 2007, through photographic documentation, interview, diagnostic report and commissioned parallel textual material. A limited edition publication, it includes supplementary material from Warnell's associated 2008 exhibition work.
"The Power of science produces a sort of reaction of subjects, an almost vital refusal to let ourselves be reduced to its algorithms. Phillip Warnell's film about Natasha Demkina states that subjects cannot be comprehensively calculated."
Contributors: Phillip Warnell, Steven Connor, Gérard Wajcman, Natasha Demkina, Chloe Johnson and Zhenia Sveshinsky.
The Mead Gallery, 2008, 48 pages, colour and black and white photographs throughout, 20 cm x 24 cm.
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