Introduction to MEMORIALISING DISEASE

Black death - rat with a smoking gun

From time to time we read that archaeologists have unearthed the skeletons of people who suffered from terrible diseases or, in more modern times, people who have died untimely deaths, but what of those who tried to save us from all this?

How do we remember those significant people who changed humanities’ experience of disease?  Maybe we put a bunch of flowers on their graveside or by their favourite place?

MEMORIALISING DISEASE remembers these who fought against infection for us all. Viruses and bacteria are recreated as bunches of viral blooms laid in their memory.  A single ceramic virus has also been photographed against the backdrop of significant locations or with somebody who played a significant role in this battle.

Thanks to the immunologist Matthew Helbert who helped me know my viruses from my bacteria and to Helen Elias for her inspiration.

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