I was really really impressed with the Science Gallery London’s first exhibition, Blood, on at the Copeland Gallery. I was particularly taken aback by Jordan Eagles’ installation Blood Equality, looking at the ban on gay men donating blood. I can’t believe that I’m still prohibited from donating blood thanks to archaic laws that discriminate against gay men (and as shown in his short film, trans men). Also massively impressed by Blood Transfusion by Katharine Dowson, a mesmerising installation of dripping blood. I got to have a quick chat with Helen Pynor about The Body is a Big Place about organ donation, recipients and the re-animation of pigs hearts. I was also almost moved to tears by the extremely powerful Tough Blood film, a “collaboration between filmmaker Stephen Rudder and choreographer Skylitz, and features the voices of people living with sickle cell disease.”
This makes me all the more excited for my commission with the Science Gallery for their inaugural season Hooked, opening in the brand new gallery next year. I’m currently making work around the addictive properties of self injury, which will go on show next summer.