Foto: VN Jaeger, Painting "Abel Herculine Barbin meets Paradise - mappa mundi", 2014 ❘ © VN Jaeger 2014
Foto: VN Jaeger, Painting "Abel Herculine Barbin meets Paradise - mappa mundi", 2014 ❘ © VN Jaeger 2014

Title:  „Abel Herculine Barbin meets Paradise - mappa mundi“

 

Size: 38 x 28 cm

 

Material: Ink, watercolour, acrylic, graphit on paper.

 

Vinko Nino Jaeger

 

Jannuary 5th 2014

 

 

Abel Herculine Barbin (1838–1868) was a French intersex person who was treated as a female at birth but was later redesignated a male after an affair in the school of an Ursuline convent and physical examination. He/she later wrote his/her memoirs and committed suicide after experiencing a lot of social pressure due to his/her intersex situation.

 

Searching for the worldly paradise the irish monk Holy Brendan (6. century) findes a lot of islands. He and his men land on the so called „Treacherous Island“. After spending the night on this island they discover that in fact the island is a sea monster named Jasconius. 

On a world map (mappa mundi) from 1546 by Pierre Descelliers the monks attack Jasconius - although this special „island“ is the island of bliss, full of delights and comforts.

 

In the lower part of this painting/drawing you see a physiological drawing from Abel Herculine Barbins genitals - made by a physician.

 

 

Conceptual portrait. Colonisation of the body. 

 

Made for and published in

"Queer Tales. QUEER ска́зки", Ed.:  Kyrgyz Indigo. Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, 2014.