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Where do we come from? What are we made of? Why are we here?

These are the biggest questions we as human beings have every single day.

Imagine Exhibitions, the producers of the recent Titanic: The Exhibition, have once again put together a stunning and thought-provoking exhibition with Real Bodies: The Exhibition.

Real Bodies: The Exhibition uses over 200 anatomical human specimens to offer a unique perspective on the human body and the intricate structures which work within us all in perfect unison every moment of our lives.

The exhibition consists of ten approachable galleries, each themed after a different system of the human anatomy such as; Breathe which explores the respiratory system, Rhythm which reveals the delicate interconnectedness of the circulatory system, Love which presents the science of physical attraction, and more.

Whilst walking through and studying each installation of the exhibit you become fascinated by the wondrous nature of the human body.

As you learning about the interconnectedness of the various systems you can easily forget these are real human specimens. When the realisation hits you that these are the bodies of deceased people there is an added weight of emotions tied to the experience suddenly making this exhibition all the more compelling, poignant and unforgettable.

Until Oct 1. The Byron Kennedy Hall, Entertainment Quarter, 122 Lang Road, Moore Park. $19-$33+b.f. Tickets & Info:

One response to “Real Bodies: The Exhibition”

  1. M says:

    This controversial and unethical exhibition should be closed down by the government, as it is violation of human rights!

    According to Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting spokeswoman Sophia Bryskine, there are “grave concerns that the bodies were not freely and willingly donated.” Furthermore, according to End Transplant Abuse in China, “Tom Zaller, CEO of Imagine Exhibitions, made public admissions that the bodies are ‘absolutely from China’. He said there is “no documentation” to prove their identities or show they had agreed in life to donate their corpses in death. Allegedly the exhibits are sourced from the unclaimed corpses, however it is not possible the bodies were ‘unclaimed’, as according to regulations and autopsy rules issued by China’s Ministry of Health, bodies can only be declared ‘unclaimed’ after 30 days. Of note, the plastination process, which involves the use of silicon, epoxy, and other polymer mixtures to replace the fluid in the human body, must occur within 48 hours of death. Therefore it is not possible to plastinate a corpse that is 30 days old. The bodies used in the exhibition are provided by the Dalian Medical University Biology Plantation in China.” In relation to that, Epoch Times reported that “Dalian was a hub of the plastination industry. Bo Xilai, who was Dalian Party boss at the time and was later handed a life sentence for corruption, was involved in a scheme that supplied killed innocent Falun Gong practitioners to transplant hospitals as well as plastination facilities.”

    It is also stated that many cities and countries around the world, including Hawaii, France, Seattle and Israel recently banned similar exhibitions of plastinated human beings, and as a democratic country, I believe Australians should close down ‘Real Bodies The Exhibition’, as otherwise this will stain Australian values and ethics.

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