Doing the Dirty Work, Group Exhibition, Wienwoche,
Curated by: Amalija Stojsavljević and Anežka Jabůrková
The video work examines the emptied architecture of the Semmelweis Clinic, one of the first clinics dedicated to women’s health solely. The pavilions were constructed from 1908 till 1910 as a state orphanage of lower Austria, where in 1909 the first existing human milk bank, preserving breast milk for infants in need, was established (Cohen 2018). The clinic for women’s health opened in these buildings in 1943 and operated for 76 years as an influential health center for women, mothers, daughters and granddaughters. The public clinic was surrounded by a park, located in Vienna’s most wealthy residential area. In the last decade, the city started to sell the monument-protected buildings to private investors - the site of became an object
of speculation at the expense of women’s health commodification.
Concept, Camera, Video Claudia Lomoschitz
Videoduration 6:02 min.