EXHIBITION TEXT: The past several years have witnessed extremely heated and polarized international public debate on vaccines, ranging from questions related to their safety to their unacceptably high price in many of the world's poorest countries. <Immune Nations>, an evidence-based art exhibition about the constructive role that art can play in global political discourse around life-saving vaccines, brings attention to these debates and the often complex emotional states that surround them.
Art/creative research has the potential to play an important role in helping to foster a more nuanced, evidence-based discourse around vaccines, at the very least by articulating elusive or emotionally charged issues in ways that other forms of communication often cannot. The outcome of a three-year interdisciplinary and international collaborative research project, the exhibition highlights the work of researchers and visual artists aiming to constructively reframe current discourses surrounding vaccines, identify the limitations of existing approaches, and combine art with research evidence to strategize creative ways of promoting universal vaccination.
The exhibition premiers at Galleri KiT, Trondheim Academy of Fine Arts, in Norway in March 2017, and will travel to UNAIDS headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland in May 2017 to coincide with the World Health Assembly. The exhibition opening at Galleri KiT on March 13, will invite the visitors to participate in an augmented reality project, Shadowpox.
This exhibition is curated by Natalie S. Loveless and features the collaborative art and research projects by Jesper Alvaer, Julia Belluz, Sean Caulfield, Timothy Caulfield, Patrick Fafard, Caitlin Fisher, Steven J. Hoffman, Johan Holst, Annemarie Hou, Alison Humphrey, Kaisu Koski, Vicki S. Kwon, Natalie S. Loveless, Patrick Mahon, Lathika Sritharan, Mkrtich Tonoyan, Rachelle Viader Knowles.
Norway Location: Galleri KiT, Trondheim Academy of Fine Arts, Innherredsveien 7 (Industribygget) Trondheim, Norway
Norway Exhibition Dates: March 13-24, 2017
Switzerland Location: UNAIDS, 20, Avenue Appia CH-1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland
Switzerland Exhibition Dates: May 23-June 30, 2017
For more information, visit âthevaccineproject.com.