James Nachtwey & Anne Goldfeld
8 february 2008 – march 2008
A “global health” experiment by the American photographer James Nachtwey - enjoined by other artists and scientists in Europe, Africa and Asia.
Attention! is an experimental program of artscience collaboration between leading international artists, healthcare scientists and the general public to catalyze fresh thinking around drug and vaccine development for the three infectious diseases, Hiv-aids, Malaria, and tuberculosis that now account for more than 7,000,000 deaths per year. Attention! aims to test the hypothesis that innovative progress can be made toward averting the current infectious disease healthcare crisis by constructive experimental collaborations between leading international artists and leading healthcare scientists.
The week begins with an international scientific conference on drug and vaccine delivery systems for infectious diseases.
Later this week, artists, scientists, philosophers, and representatives of funding agencies and the international media will gather for the private opening of a photography exhibition by James Nachtwey.
This exhibition, sponsored by the Wellcome trust Foundation and the international NGO Medicine in need (Mend), presents pictures shot by Nachtwey in a major aids and TB clinic in Cambodia.
The opening will be followed by a unique colloquium and press conference, sponsored by the Agence Nationale de Recherches sur le Sida (ANRS), which brings together four major international health experts and four major international artists to debate and explore the nature of the challenges facing new drug and vaccine development today.
Following the Attention! event the Nachtwey exhibition will remain accessible by reservation to the public in a private gallery of le Laboratoire.