Highlights

Henrik Olesen (1967- ), How do I make myself a body, 2007

Henrik Olesen (1967- ), How do I make myself a body (7), 2007

© Henrik Olesen (1967- ), How do I make myself a body (7), 2007

In his works Olesen explores issues of power and history writing, especially how homosexuality is perceived, depicted, and discriminated against.

In a series of unique prints he relates the story of the highly acclaimed British mathematician Alan Turing, whose binary system formed the foundations for the development of computer science.

The story of Alan Turing

During World War II he contributed to breaking the German encryption code. In 1952 Turing was arrested for his homosexual relationship, which was a crime in the UK until 1967.

He avoided prison by undergoing extensive oestrogen treatment, aka chemical castration.

In 1954 he was found dead after having eaten an apple laced with cyanide, presumably as a reference to Snow White; his favourite film was the Disney animated film of the fairytale.

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