Portfolio > Prophylaxis/Hygiene 1999

On another wall is 30 ft. installation of porcelain faucet handles, each one containing a decaled word on the surface. Walking the length of the row of faucet handles, the viewer reads the complete text:

“Bodies are less and less able to count on their own antibodies, they are more and more in need of protection from outside. Artificial sterilization of all environments must compensate for faltering internal immunological defenses…Under the reign of the virus you are destroyed by your own antibodies…Illnesses are generated by the very success of prophylaxis.”

from The Transparency of Evil: Essays on Extreme Phenomena
by Jean Baudrillard