Antibodies: Art During the Pandemic, Exeter

Antibodies: art during the pandemic is a series of artists’ installations in empty shop spaces and public contexts around Exeter city centre, running from 25 – 31 October 2021.

Initiated by students on the new  MA International Contemporary Art: Curation and Business at University of Exeter, ‘Antibodies: art during the pandemic’ aim is to provide a platform for DIY artists’ projects that address the issues of mental health and social isolation which have affected us all during the pandemic.

While the word ‘antibodies’ inevitably has medical connotations, it could also reference the building up of one’s own personal resistance and immune response to the psychological conditions brought about by COVID-19. A number of the MA Curation students are also interested in challenging social norms around representation of ‘the body’ (e.g., gender, sexuality, race, disability) as part of Black History Month, and in the social context of Exeter specifically. The aim of the Antibodies project is to be a positive and mutually supportive platform for experimental artists’ projects, working in participation with community groups and young people to envisage a different future beyond the ‘new normal’.

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