Felipe Meres, ‘The Telomeric Cut’, 2017, The Kitchen

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The Telomeric Cut is the outcome of a one-year research project executed by the artist around the life of microscopic planarians, whose unusual ability to grow body parts and divide themselves into new life forms offers a more expansive understanding of reproduction and gender identification. Meres created this image with help from electrical engineers at Columbia University, employing a microscopic process that used electrons, rather than photos, responding to the flatworms’ light phobia. The resulting image shows the process of cutting and regenerating hermaphroditic flatworms, abstracted and divided much like the subject itself. –Courtesy of The Kitchen


Felipe Meres’s photographs, films and sculptures weave entanglements between scientific desire and the indeterminate matter that ceaselessly evades its grasp. Often departing from anthropological approaches to seemingly incommensurate aspects of the world, Meres’s work invites us to reconsider the patterns of difference that we create to make sense of the objects, bodies and behaviors around us. Born in Brazil in 1988, Meres has had solo exhibitions at Mendes Wood DM in São Paulo and at COMPANY in New York. His work has been shown in venues such as Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, FL (2016); Shulamit Nazarian, LA (2016) and Lisa Cooley, NY (2016). He holds an MFA from the Milton Avery School of the Arts at Bard College, NY and is currently pursuing a PhD in Anthropology at The New School, NY.

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