Victoria Diehl (1978) started her artistic career in 2003, when she was first recognised and cited as one of the top 100 Spanish Photographers in History of Art and Photography reviews, and represented Spain in multiple exhibitions and art biennials.
Since then, Diehl’s work has explored the relationship between emotions and their representations, the limits of the body and the spaces that exist between those limits.
Her projects “Vida y muerte de las estatuas” (The Life and Death of Statues) and “El cuerpo vulnerable” (The Vulnerable Body) have been published and exhibited individually and collectively in national and international settings, including the Cervantes Institutes, festivals like Photoespaña and museums like the Thyseen-Bornemisza Museum of Art, MAC, ARTIUM, MNAC and the Wellcome Trust in London, amongst others. It was at the Wellcome Trust exhibition – curated by Javier Moscoso – that led to Diehl’s collaboration with the HIST-EX research group.
During her collaboration with HIST-EX over the past two years, Diehl has started her thesis on the representation of the intermediate spaces of the body, sponsored by the MAC scholarship for Artistic Creation. As part of this project, she has carried out “En las moradas del castillo interior”, exhibited and published in the MAC museum and currently hosted at the Gewerbemuseum Winterthur.
The publication of this work includes a collaboration of texts with four other members of HIST-EX, and is the result of the artistic and documentary analysis of Clemente Susini’s anatomical models, which have been exhibited at the Specola Museum of Natural History in Florence since 1782.
Over the course of the following year, Diehl will present a thesis that analyses the different representations of the body. She focuses on the cultural and artistic constructions of the body in different media (science, religion…), allowing us to discern how the body and the emotions were understood in a given place and time. Dihel’s sources include medical photography, tattoos, reliquaries and artistic images.
- Anatomical models
- 18th Century
- Visual Culture