Foreign Bodies, Common Ground

  • Free
  • Exhibition
Photograph of the Pata Picha Studio installation, by Miriam Syowia Kyambi and James Muriuki, Kenya, part of Foreign Bodies, Common Ground at Wellcome Collection.
Foreign Bodies, Common Ground exhibition, Benjamin Gilbert. Source: Wellcome Collection. Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0).

What happens when you set up six artist residencies in medical research centres throughout the world?

This intimate exhibition showcased a diverse body of work from artists working within 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 then produce new work in response. The result was a series of moving, challenging and humorous works, richly varied in form and tone – recording journeys taken within the complex realm that lies between scientific processes and local communities, and often on the frontlines of communicable diseases.