From the Series 'Our cultures are the portals – the gateways between one world and the next'

© the artist. Image credit: Autograph

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Responding to the wider contexts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Poulomi Desai (b. London, United Kingdom) inoculated a series of petri dishes with bacteria: combining personal ephemera, salvaged debris and newspaper clippings to evoke the spread of the virus. She then photographed them at various stages of their evolution. Desai collaborated with her elderly mother to create these densely layered works, using the pandemic's everyday rituals of disinfecting and communicating through barriers as an opportunity to reflect on the economics of care, control and compliance – considering how we might attempt to control the uncontrollable.




From the Series 'Our cultures are the portals – the gateways between one world and the next'




archival giclée print


H 30 x W 30 cm

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commissioned by Autograph for 'Care I Contagion I Community – Self & Other'

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