Artists in and from Africa and its diasporas are invited to apply for a visual commission to address questions of health, knowledge and the body. The commission can be carried out remotely, from January to March 2021 and carries a stipend and production budget for three artists. Successful applicants will be invited to realise visual works in conversation with recent research on how public health knowledge is understood and utilised in Uganda, Kenya, Malawi and Tanzania.
This research is led by the Localised Evidence and Decision-Making (LEAD) project, based at London School of Economics’ Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa, in partnership with London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and SOAS, University of London.
The LEAD research uses participatory modelling to help foreground local perceptions of disease. It explores how health policy-makers and practitioners perceive and use different forms of evidence to make decisions around infectious disease control measures, and examines how this evidence is developed. The research focuses on helminth infections (specifically schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminths) in Africa, but also addresses broader social and public health concerns, and can be understood across a range of issues related to health, risk and response.
An ideal candidate would
-Be invested in research-based social practice visual art
-Be self-motivated -Have previous experience with commissions
-Be willing to work collaboratively with the research team
What this commission is
-A commitment to collaborative knowledge exchange through visual practice
-An engagement with the research concepts and findings of the LEAD project
-A visual output of a research project
-Fully supported development of artwork
What this commission is not
-The development of an advocacy-based artwork
-A capacity-building exercise