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.
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
Info: The Vaccine Project
May 23 - June 30, 2017