In 1895, during his research on the phenomenon of luminescence produced by cathode rays, Wilhelm Röntgen discovered the X-ray. He observed that this new radiation was extremely penetrating and capable of printing a photographic plate. Thus, the idea of making the very first X-ray in history, that of the hand of his wife, Anna Bertha Röntgen, was born. The first session of radiography took place in Paris one month later and the international scientific community realized the importance of this discovery when applied to medicine.
Today, like photography and cinema, analog radiography is being supplanted by digital imaging and radiographic films are becoming obsolete. We are witnessing the end of a cycle.
Since 1998, Zabo Chabiland has been using X-ray film as a medium and has developped a series of bodies, landscapes and rayograms. The artist / radiologist has transformed her studio and photographic lab into a very specific hospital ward: the models/patients are selected to constitute a wide range of physiognomies. Immobile, eyes closed, they are drown in an interiorized silence, while all typology of expression vanishes, the essence of the person emerge. Over the years, the field of action has expanded to include geological elements apprehended as organs, as well as objects, in homage to W. Röntgen and his non-medical experiments that led to the discovery of the X-ray. Zabo, passionate about inventions and discoveries, has found in this medium, a support for a plastic and sensitive exploration, in an unceasing quest for revelations between the visible and invisible world.