In 1895 Wilhelm Röntgen discovered the X-Ray.
Two years later Antoine Béclère realized the importance of this discovery when applied to medicine. In the future, medical X-ray film will become obsolete and will be supplanted by digital scanners and MRI. This is the end of a cycle.
Since 1998, Zabo Chabiland has been working with medical X-ray films, creating a hybrid between radiology and photography. The artist portrays the radiologist, she turned her photographic studio into a specific hospital department. The results are positive X-rays of nude studies and landscapes. As random patients, the models are selected to constitute a wide range of physiognomies. Standing still for a long time, with eyes closed, they drown into an internalized silence, while all typology of expression vanishes, the essence of the person emerges. The landscapes, taken in primeval sites are fragments of geological anatomy. A juxtaposition of anatomy and nature, rocks and waterfalls to bones and organs.
We are getting closer to the traditional use of X-ray film: evidence.