• Free
  • Screening
  • Speech-to-text
Photograph of a dark auditorium showing the backs of the audience's heads and four panel members seated on a small stage, in-front of a large screen. On the screen is a still from a film.
Panel discussion in the Henry Wellcome Auditorium, Richard Hall. Source: Wellcome Collection. Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0).

What you’ll do

Come and watch this screening of a work-in-progress documentary, ‘Dis-Ease’ by Mariam Ghani. The film explores how pop-culture images and the language we use to talk about disease affect the ways we treat people who are sick and how we respond to epidemics. After the screening, there will be a chance to hear from the director and ask questions.

‘Dis-Ease’ was originally commissioned for Contagious Cities and is almost entirely made from archival material sourced from the New York Public Library, the New York Academy of Medicine, Wellcome Collection and the Brooklyn Historical Society.

About your artist

Mariam Ghani

Mariam is an artist, writer and filmmaker. Her multidisciplinary work looks at places, spaces and moments where social, political and cultural structures take on visible forms.



Need to know


We’ll be in the Henry Wellcome Auditorium. To get there, take the stairs or the lift down to level –1. The auditorium is fitted with a hearing loop.

First come, first served

Booking a ticket for a free event does not guarantee a place on the day. Doors usually open 15 minutes before an event starts and we advise arriving before the scheduled start time to claim a place. We hold some spaces for people with access requirements. If you have any access requests or requirements, email us at access@wellcomecollection.org or call 020 7611 2222.


This event will have live speech-to-text transcription for visitors who are D/deaf or hard of hearing. If you would like to come along, email us at access@wellcomecollection.org or call 020 7611 2222.

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