Art in Global Health

'Art in Global Health' has set up six artist residencies in six Wellcome Trust-funded research centres as a way of teasing out some of the more personal, philosophical, cultural and political dimensions of health research.

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This film by Barry Gibb, made to accompany the artists' work and support the project, provides a whistle-stop tour of each artist.

B-Floor Theatre

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Four artists who struggle to divide a restaurant bill evenly walked into the Mahidol-Oxford Research Unit.

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"The more people we talked to and the more places we visited, the more interconnected everything seemed to be."

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"It was time we brought those images of farmers, scientists and diseases in our brains down on script paper and into our bodies."

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"One of the most rewarding experiences.One of the best things that ever happened to us."

Lena Bui

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“I was born in Danang and currently live and work in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam".

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Anecdotes of the animal-human interface and site-specific researches at the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit.

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"At the abattoir in Dong Thap many butchers worked without shoes or shirts. Pig skin and human skin are surprisingly similar."

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"There is something about the video camera that resembles a cleaning device. The feathers look white, light and clean through its lens".

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"Scientists are able to take pictures of their samples, but artists bring those images into ordinary life."

Elson Kambalu

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"I will probably enter the Guinness Book of Records as one of the first Artists-in- Residence within Malawi...".

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"Central to the world of research is blood. Blood stories are integrated within Malawian cultures and are connected with fear or sacrifice".

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"Chikwawa is a highly picturesque district which lies along Malawi’s biggest river, Shire".

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"The challenge is to take domestic murals to a general audience while maintaining its texture and appearance".

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"Health issues are usually addressed by women because of their standing in society"

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"The documentary explored views of the six major issues affecting medical research in Malawi".

Miriam Syowia Kyambi and James Muriuki

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"To have the scientists feel what being researched on is like. So the tables are a bit reversed."

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"When you have fun and when you play is when some of that really interesting stuff comes out".

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These recordings were made by Miriam and James shortly after holding an open photography studio session in Kilifi town.

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James Muriuki and Miriam Syowia Kyambi's exhibition 'Layers: Perceptions and interaction between scientists and communities'.

Zwelethu Mthethwa

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"Zwelethu Mthethwa arrived on Sunday evening after a rather long journey from Cape Town to Mtubatuba".

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"Go to your local communities, to your families, to your friends and try to capture what you understand is good health."

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"My photographs don't focus on people dying. I love to look at beautiful people."

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"I went to schools because students are the young members of the community. You can’t leave students out of this."

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Opening of the exhibition Good Health: Impilo Engcono at Brundyn + Gonsalvez gallery, Cape Town.

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Opening of the exhibition at Siyabonga Gallery, St. Lucia.

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Read some of the students' accounts of their participation in the residency.

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Read some of the students' accounts of their participation in the residency.

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Read some of the students' accounts of their participation in the residency.

Katie Paterson

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Katie Paterson often works with scientists to explore time and the evolution of nature.

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"I am struck by the connection of the millions of DNA clusters visible on the sequencing machinery, to the depth of the night sky".

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"I’m delving into entirely new worlds".

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"The necklace represents a history of the planet and life".