Visitors to the Royal College of Surgeons’ Hunterian Museum in London can explore the lives of patients who have received organ transplants, those on the waiting list, and live donors via a newly commissioned exhibition which innovatively merges sound, photography and video. The exhibition runs until 20 May 2017.
Transplant and Life is the third collaborative project by artists Tim Wainwright and John Wynne, whose partnership through social practice facilitates subjectivity in areas of science and medicine where this is often missing or hidden from public view. They have been working closely with the patients and staff at the Royal Free and Harefield Hospitals to reveal the intimate experiences of people who have had or are about to undergo an organ transplant. Throughout this process they have also engaged with the wider support network by also documenting and recording family members, care-givers and medical specialists.
Through innovative conjunctions of sound with still image and new moving image works, the artists bring the voice of the patient into the museum exhibition space, making visible and audible the physical and emotional impact of organ transplantation amidst the Hunterian Museum’s collection of medical objects and specimens.
Alongside the exhibition, an interactive digital guide features information about past and future developments in transplantation and documentary materials, including the perspectives of patients, live donors and medical professionals.
The museum is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm, and admission is free.