This exhibition resulted from the creation of a work of videoart entitled BRCA2, that was created to ´save a life´through empowering people to be informed about genetic pre-disposition to cancer.
The exhibition united the diverse disciplines of science and art through celebrating the power of knowledge and empowered truth whilst confronting issues of genetic information and identity. A participatory work of art was created throughout the duration of the show from the thumb-prints of visitors, shifting the focus from the private to the public domain and endeavouring to externalise the project whilst referencing the unique identity of each visitor. The artworks essentially confront the nature of a negative diagnosis by focusing on the positive. Suggesting that the future depends on the actions of today with the intention to inspire the visitor to embrace change.
I also transformed my fingerprints, into my medical information, further personalising the work.
I am interested to encourage this exhibition to travel, so please contact me if you have ideas or contacts in your local community!
Hall, N. (2016) The power of knowledge, 56 x 76 cm, Ink and pencil on paper
Below: section of Hall, N. (2016) Requiem: The gift of knowing, 100 x 70cm, Pencil and a collage of medical notes from the hospitals of Son Espases Hospital and Manacor Hospital on paper, also shown to the right in-process.
The entire collaborative work was pre-mapped and participants commented on the concentration required not to make a mistake, and affect the final result. It was an emotional moment when the parents of youngest participant aged only 5 months, place his tiny finger on the emergent artwork.
Old and young, those affected personally by cancer and others not, were inspired to participate in the collaborative work throughout the duration of the exhibition, with the attentive assistance of the gallery facilitators.
In-process: Hall, N. (2016) The future depends on what you choose today, 199 x 155 cm, Black ink and pencil on paper, created collaboratively with gallery visitors.
Above: Hall, N. (2016) Be the change that you wish to see in the world, 56 x 76cm, Ink and pencil on paper, made with fingerprints of 61 participants.
Above in-process: Hall, N. (2016) Embracing Change, 100 x 70 cm, black ink and pencil on paper.
Hall, N. (2016) The future depends on what you choose today, 199 x 155 cm, Black ink and pencil on paper, created collaboratively with gallery visitors.