“Foreign Bodies, Common Ground”

A new exhibition opens on 14th November at Wellcome Collection, one which brings together six artists, human bodies and medical research.  This project provoked artists in residency in six countries (Thailand, Vietnam, Malawi, Kenya, South Africa and UK) to engage with medical research, get inspired and create artworks that would reflect their experiences. The result is: “a series of moving, challenging and humorous works, richly varied in form and tone. They record journeys taken within the complex realm that lies between scientific processes and local communities, often on the frontlines of communicable diseases.

I have to say that I quite enjoyed the video of the exhibit, and the idea behind it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVFu9Y1qh8Q

My favourite piece is the “Fossil Necklace“, by Katie Paterson. After reading about it I discovered why: it was inspired by “genomics archaeology” (of course!); each of the 170 beads, “carved from individual fossils”, is representing “a major event in the evolution of life”: from billions of years old beads and the birth of life, to the spread o humanity across the globe (read more: http://www.wellcomecollection.org/whats-on/exhibitions/foreign-bodies-common-ground/the-artists/katie-paterson.aspx)

Source: http://www.wellcomecollection.org/whats-on/exhibitions/foreign-bodies-common-ground/the-artists/idoc.ashx?docid=6de550ee-847d-4325-88b2-bfcfe489cff9&version=-1

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