Artists, researchers and policymakers highlight complexities surrounding global vaccination in <Immune Nations>. It is a speculative exhibition about the constructive role that art can play in global political discourse around life-saving vaccines.
Art/creative research has the potential to play an important role in helping to foster a more nuanced and evidence-based discourse around vaccines 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 engage current discourse surrounding vaccines.
The exhibition premiered at Galleri KiT, the Trondheim Academy of Fine Arts, in Norway from March 13 to 24, 2017. The exhibit will travel to UNAIDS headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, from May 23 to June 30, 2017 to coincide with the World Health Assembly.
Participating artists, scholars, and advocates: 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.
The exhibition presents artistic research from The Vaccine Project: Uniting Art, Evidence and Advocacy, co-lead by Sean Caulfield and Natalie S. Loveless (Art and Design at the University of Alberta) and Steven J. Hoffman (Law, Medicine and Public & International Affairs at the University of Ottawa).