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Monday, August 2, 2021

Immune Nations at the McMaster Museum of Art

I'm thrilled to announce that <Immune Nations> will finally have its North American premiere this fall! 
Shadowpox: The Antibody Politic (2017) will be installed for an in-person experience in the gallery, while Shadowpox: #StayHome Edition (2020) is our online adaptation of the game, created in the first months of the pandemic. See the Shadowpox page on the <Immune Nations> site for our reflections on remounting the exhibition in the era of Covid-19. 
I'll also be joining one of the virtual panel discussions during the run of the show – details to be shared soon.

Please see the McMaster Museum of Art for the full announcement:
<Immune Nations>, an evidence-based exhibition about the constructive role that art can play in public discourse around life-saving vaccines, will open at the McMaster Museum of Art on September 2!
As the M(M)A prepares for a fall re-opening, details will be released shortly about visiting the exhibition in person.
<Immune Nations>
September 2 – December 11, 2021
Curated by Natalie Loveless, Associate Professor, Contemporary Art History and Theory, University of Alberta
The COVID-19 pandemic has raised urgent questions related to effective use of vaccines and has led to polarized global debates on vaccine equity.
<Immune Nations> is the first multi-year research-based exhibition to specifically address the issue of vaccination from a collaborative, interdisciplinary perspective, attentive to the arts and its many roles for advocacy and political intervention. The outcome of a multi-year project that was developed prior to the pandemic (2014-2017), the exhibition explores complex issues related to the use and distribution of vaccines in the world today and the capacity of artistic research to solicit complex forms of affective engagement when dealing with difficult and divisive social and political topics such as vaccination.
For the McMaster Museum of Art, the exhibition presents original work alongside new work produced in the context of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Featuring collaborative art and research projects by Jesper Alvær, Sean Caulfield, Timothy Caulfield, Patrick Fafard, Caitlin Fisher, Steven J. Hoffman, Johan Holst, Annemarie Hou, Alison Humphrey, Rachelle Viader Knowles, Kaisu Koski, Vicki S. Kwon, Patrick Mahon, Lathika Sritharan, and Mkrtich Tonoyan.
For more information, visit the Immune Nations website.
Events
Save the date! Virtual panel discussions will take place the last Thursday of each month from September – November.
Details on participants and registration will be shared shortly.
Vaccine Confidence, Fear, and Misinformation in an Age of COVID: Thursday, September 30, 2021, 12-1:30pm EST
Canada and the World: Global Deployment and Lack of Access to Life-Saving Vaccines: Thursday, October 28, 2021, 12-1:30pm EST
Research-Creation and Global Crisis: Interdisciplinarity, Creativity, and Collaboration: Thursday, November 25, 2021, 12-1:30pm EST