Hygiene: the art of public health

Coxall, H., Skelton, P. and Fletcher, T. 2003. Hygiene: the art of public health. Journal of Visual Culture. 2 (1), pp. 33-54.

TitleHygiene: the art of public health
AuthorsCoxall, H., Skelton, P. and Fletcher, T.

This article is a response to the exhibition Hygiene: The Art of Public Health - a site-specific exhibition of artists' interventions at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) in May-July 2002. The event raised the profile of the debate about artists making work on sites dedicated to scientific research and of the nature of art/science collaborations. This article is not intended to be a review of the exhibition - rather it is an opportunity to discuss issues that the artists responded to and the implications of staging these events with a particular focus on the curatorial process. After an introduction to the nature of art/science collaboration, there follows a description of the work itself in the context of the LSHTM. This is followed by an interview by Helen Coxall with the two curators, Pam Skelton and Tony Fletcher.

(Reprinted by permission of Sage Publications Ltd from Coxall, Helen and Skelton, Pam and Fletcher, Tony (2003) Hygiene: the art of public health. © 2003 SAGE Publications).

KeywordsDisease, disgust, eugenics, hygiene, identity, obsession, science, taboo
JournalJournal of Visual Culture
Journal citation2 (1), pp. 33-54
YearApr 2003
Web address (URL)http://vcu.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/2/1/33
Publication dates
PublishedApr 2003

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