Today we are celebrating all things #archivescience by looking a special commission for Wellcome Collection’s exhibition ‘Ayurvedic Man: Encounters with Indian Medicine’, which shows how the archives of science and medicine can inspire artworks, helping us to interpret and understand the past in new ways.
Art and science are so often seen as opposites (thankfully Michelangelo didn’t see things that way), and a disease like plague may not seem the most appealing of subjects for an artwork. However, artist Ranjit Kandalgaonkar’s fascinating new commission, ‘Drawing the Bombay Plague’, explores the 1896 epidemic which killed over a million people. It is the result of extensive archival research from different kinds of documents that work together to reveal the multiple narratives of an epidemic in a community. Continue reading »