Annie Crabtree presents: Tell me, how do I feel?

7 November 2019

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
232 - 242 St Vincent Street, Glasgow
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Annie Crabtree, Body of Water , 2018. Courtesy of the artist.

A screening of films by artists Annie Crabtree, Carolyn Lazard and Saoirse Wall at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow exploring the affect that medical procedures and social norms have on patients, highlighting how they are often positioned as unreliable narrators and inaccurate witnesses of their own bodies, pain and health.

Tell me, how do I feel? forms part of artist Annie Crabtree’s ongoing research into the construction of knowledge in medicine and how medical practice is informed by (and informs) cultural norms, behaviours and assumptions, which will culminate in an exhibition at the College as part of Glasgow International 2020. The works featured in this screening have been selected for their potential to question the dominance of objectivity in medical discourse, disrupting the power dynamics inherent in medical practice by bringing to the forefront patient’s own testimony.


Saoirse Wall, Sticky Encounter, 2016. 10 mins

Carolyn Lazard, Get Well Soon, 2015. 13.5 mins

Annie Crabtree, Body of Water, 2018. 18 mins

Carolyn Lazard, Improved Techniques, 4 mins

The screening will be followed by a discussion with artists Annie Crabtree and Saoirse Wall, chaired by Elsa Richardson. The evening will end with a drinks reception hosted by the College.

Total event time: 1 hour, 45 mins.

Content notes

The screening addresses themes of contemporary and historical medical practice and includes images of medical spaces such as hospitals and doctor’s surgeries, medical instruments and needles, raw meat, nudity and bodies after surgery. For further information about the content of the screening, please get in touch with Annie Crabtree: email hidden; JavaScript is required | 0141 319 8377.


The screening will take place in the Maurice Bloch Lecture Theatre on the ground floor of the Royal College and Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. The College has a lift available to the front door and then to all levels inside the College. The lecture theatre is wheelchair accessible and has a hearing loop. More information about how to get to the College can be found here.

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About the participants

Annie Crabtree

Annie Crabtree is an artist and researcher based in Glasgow. Crabtree graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 2012 and has an MRes in Human Geography from the University of Glasgow. Her most recent film, Body of Water, commissioned for Platform 2018 at Edinburgh Art Festival, turns the lens upon herself to examine violation of bodily integrity inflicted by medical procedures and social norms. Her current research looks to harness the representation of the misbehaving’ body as an unreliable narrator and inaccurate witness, bringing this subjectivity into dialogue with the dominance of objectivity in medical discourse and diagnostic narratives.


Carolyn Lazard

Carolyn Lazard is a Philadelphia-based artist working in video, sculpture, sound, and installation. Lazard has exhibited work at various institutions including the Walker Art Center, the New Museum, the Kitchen, Kunsthal Arhus and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Lazard has published writing in the Brooklyn Rail, Mousse Magazine, and Triple Canopy.


Elsa Richardson

Elsa Richardson is a Chancellor’s Fellow in the History of Health and Wellbeing at the University of Strathclyde. She is affiliated with the Centre for the Social History of Health and Medicine and teaches in the history of emotions. Her current research examines histories of nutrition, vegetarianism, other alternative dietary cultures, mental stress and gastric disorders in late-19th and early-20th-century Britain.


Saoirse Wall

Saoirse Wall is an Irish visual artist based in Glasgow. In 2014 they completed a BA in Fine Art Media in the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, and currently they are taking part in School of the Damned, a peer- led alternative arts and educational platform. Previous presentations of work include Between Structure and Agency’ curated by Alice Butler with LUX at Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle; Fools’ Bells Fall’, Hotel Maria Kapel, The Netherlands; Knowledge and other myths’, Platform Arts, Belfast; Hennessy Portrait Prize Exhibition, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin; and Tulca Festival of Visual Arts, Galway. In 2015 their flm Gesture 2 (2014) was the frst video work to be purchased for the National Gallery of Ireland Collection, where it has been on display since 2017.