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Harriet Wiseman

Illegitimi Non Carborundum

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2011, mixed media
Wiseman’s work discusses the ideological feature of institutional discourses and aims to challenge the general assumptions about institutions as objective producers of reliable knowledge. Instead of taking this knowledge as a given, Wiseman questions its truthfulness by using the content of a book and a historical artefact to construct a lie. A significant part of her work is to acknowledge the most conventional methods of giving information such as Latin terms, diagrams and scale models that are often considered as a definite sign of reliability and sufficient evidence.  Wiseman is also interested in the way we only ever question anything manufactured but find questioning nature unthinkable.