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April Challis

The Wounded Body


This project came after suffering Typhus, red spotted fever. While hiking on the Lantau Trail in Hong Kong a bite from the Typhus mite caused an extreme illness.


The work explored life as a tenuous balance and the control the fever had over the physical and psychological state. The rise and fall of fever, the dread and delirium during the quiet period before the next spike.

​Disparate ways of working were employed to mirror the polar and mental sensations of the illness. The materiality of the work was central and at time full relinquish of control became a leading practice.

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