Videowork by Claudia Lomoschitz
The video work examines the emptied architecture of Semmelweis Clinic, one of the first clinics dedicated to women’s health solely. The pavilions have been constructed from 1908 till 1910, as state orphanage of lower Austria, where in 1909 the first existing human milk bank, preserving breast milk for infants in need, was established. Ignaz Semmelweis opened a clinic for women’s health in these buildings in 1943 which operated for 76 years as influential health center for women. For centuries woman, mothers, daughters and granddaughters gave labor in this public clinic, which is surrounded by a park, quipped with balconies and located in Vienna’s most wealthy residential area. In the last decade, the city started to sell the monument-protected buildings to private investors and the site of the clinic became an object of speculation at the expense of women’s health commodification.
Claudia Lomoschitz, 2022