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Cosmetic artistry

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 16 August 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:352
  1. Colin Martin, independent consultant in healthcare communication, London
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    Colin Martin is fascinated by an exhibition of pseudomedical devices designed to help an artist overcome what he describes as “undersized Asian male complex”

    Many people feel that their self image and other people's perception of them might be transformed if they were able to enhance their appearance. Their attempted metamorphosis could be as simple as wearing different clothes or as drastic as having cosmetic surgery. Korean artist Hyungkoo Lee (b 1969) tackles the subject in a series of works entitled The Objectuals, which forms part of his solo show in the Korean pavilion at the Venice Biennale.

    The series explores the additional dimensions of physical differences between races and feelings of cultural inferiority. Lee created them after he experienced “undersized Asian male complex” while studying for his postgraduate art degree at Yale …

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