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Foreign Bodies, Common Ground


14 November 2013 - 16 March 2014

Foreign Bodies // Common Ground

Six artists, six countries.

B-Floor Theatre, Lêna Bùi, Elson Kambalu, Miriam Syowia Kyambi and James Muriuki, Zwelethu Mthethwa, Katie Paterson.

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.

The artists


B-Floor Theatre is Thailand’s vanguard physical theatre company.


Lêna Bùi is an artist based in Ho Chi Minh City, concerned with how different cultural and sociopolitical backgrounds affect our perception.


Elson Kambalu is an artist based in Lilongwe, increasingly drawn to conceptual and participatory work.


Zwelethu Mthethwa is an artist based in Cape Town, best known for his large-format colour photographs.


Katie Paterson is a Scottish artist, based in Berlin.

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