Foreign Bodies, Common Ground
Thursday 14 November 2013 - Sunday 16 March 2014
Six artists, six
B-Floor Theatre, Lêna Bùi, Elson Kambalu, Miriam Syowia
Kyambi and James Muriuki, Zwelethu Mthethwa, Katie
What happens when you set up six artist residencies in different
medical research centres throughout the world? This intimate
exhibition showcases a diverse body of work from the artists who
worked in research centres in Kenya, Malawi, South Africa,
Thailand, Vietnam and the UK.
The artists were invited to spend at least six months exploring
the activity of researchers and produce new work in response to
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.
Please note that the artworks
Voracious Embrace and Invisible Currents by Lêna Bùi have been
temporarily removed from display for conservation reasons.
A series of events at Wellcome Collection to accompany 'Foreign Bodies'.
About the artists in Foreign Bodies, Common Ground.
The artists in 'Foreign Bodies, Common Ground' were part of 'Art in Global Health', a series of six artist residencies in six Wellcome Trust-funded research centres. The residencies teased out some of the more personal, philosophical, cultural and political dimensions of health research.