An Unnatural History


Published in Umbigo Magazine
on May 11th 2022


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From this side of the glass, you can see, through the blue reflection, your face contorting. On the other side, he remains motionless. With his mouth open, you can count all the teeth in the various rows. Sharks have an average of 50 to 300 teeth.

This one is entitled Death Denied (2008), a smaller version of the famous The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living (1991). Damien Hirst usually presents his works with whimsical titles that overlay layers of meaning sometimes deeper than the visual representation of the work. The title is an intrinsic part as in any good conceptualist.



Installation View. @ Gagosian, London. © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2022. Photohraphy: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd. Courtesy Gagosian





Mariana Baião Santos

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London-based freelance writer & curator fluent in Portuguese and English. Mariana is a Contributing writer for Portuguese Art Magazine Umbigo and has been collabotaring with some London Galleries.


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