The project was delivered in collaboration with CFCCA and Kidneys for Life
CFCCA's engagement programme works with artists to connect with individuals and communities, exploring themes such as cultural and social diversity as it supports UK audiences to better understand Chinese contemporary society through art. In Health Records the artists use practices developed through cultural exchange to respond to the personal identities and narratives of the patients on the Renal Unit.
In 2013, Niki Colclough performed a residency in Chongqing, China where she began to explore themes of exchange. In Chongqing she explored how relationships could be built through shared experience, this is illustrated in the film Chongqing Aerobics. On the Renal Unit the exchange is in the form of conversation between patient and artist. Using stories ‘found’ during these interactions as the starting point for her artworks, she creates abstract pieces that capture moments of intimacy.
Claire Tindale combines medical references with elements of human histories and experiences to reflect on aspects of kidney related conditions and their treatment. Through the use of analogy, miniatures depicting strands of patient narratives are combined with life size elements to convey the impact of treatment on the routine of the individual. Resulting juxtapositions evoke a hint of the surreal, referencing that sense of the incredible, when considering medical processes such as dialysis.