Exhibition proposal

The sculptures and images shown here in MEMORIALISING DISEASE are available as an exhibition. Please contact the artist Helen Birnbaum through this blog for more information.  

Black Death with a metal ring symbolising qurantine

The exhibition MEMORIALISING DISEASE celebrates pioneering individuals who lead the way in medical science, sometimes without even realising the impact of their work. Six deadly viruses and bacteria, recreated in ceramic as bunches of viral blooms laid in the memory of the individual who first found the way to a cure.  The artist’s way of laying flowers by the graveside is to take ceramics of single deadly viruses or bacteria back to places of significance in the history of developing vaccines.  Single ceramic viruses or bacteria are photographed by their own significant location, or with somebody who played an important role in this battle. Images of famous people who also suffered are included.

Cholera  – display each for the Cholera pioneers Wilkinson and Snow

Black Death               





Images of the exhibits and the exhibitions photographs are also provided as Jpegs with the email that accompanies this proposal.  The  Artist’s Biography is also provided.

Copyright for images not taken by the artist will be sought for images used other than those already stated as Wellcome Library copyright.


Each exhibition consists of:

Six individual canvas mounted photographs: 30 cm x 20 cm

  • contemporary image of places of significance
  • contemporary image of person of significance
  • ceramic sculpture in historic site
  • contemporary medical photographs and/or health education poster
  • microscopic image of virus or bacteria
  • descriptions of each image

One ceramic sculpture representing virus/bacteria: 20 cm x 10 cm

One larger ceramic work representing a bunch of viral blooms: 40 cm x 30 cm


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