Anna Dumitriu is a Brighton-based artist with an international career spanning over 20 years. She works predominantly with BioArt, sculpture, installation and digital media to explore our relationship to microbiology, synthetic biology and new technologies, as well as societal issues such as antibiotic resistance and climate change.
Dumitriu is known as a pioneer in the field of BioArt for her hands-on and trans-disciplinary approach in creating collaborations with scientists and other partners and the ways in which her work safely incorporates biological materials and ‘relics’ of the research process. Much of her practice involves participatory elements such as working with the public as well as lab-based work. She was the 2018 President of the Science and the Arts section of the British Science Association. Her work is held in several major public collections, including the Science Museum London and Eden Project.
She holds visiting research fellowships at the University of Hertfordshire, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, and Waag, as well as artist-in-residence roles with the Modernising Medical Microbiology Project at the University of Oxford, and with the National Collection of Type Cultures at Public Health England.
She has an extensive international exhibition profile including including ZKM, Ars Electronica, BOZAR, The Picasso Museum, The 6th Guangzhou Triennial, HeK Basel, The V & A Museum, Rijksmuseum Boerhaave, Philadelphia Science Center, The Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei, LABoral, Art Laboratory Berlin, FACT, and The History of Science Museum in Oxford.
Her work is featured in many books including Bio Art: Altered Realities published by Thames and Hudson in 2016 and many other significant publications across contemporary art and science including Frieze, Artforum International Magazine, Leonardo Journal, The Art Newspaper, Art Quarterly, Nature and The Lancet.
This residency connects with many of her earlier projects, notably Infective Textiles which was also created in Brighton in 2011 and curated by Lighthouse/The Arts Catalyst. That project took the form of a Regency style dress stained with bacterial pigments and patterned by antibiotics. The project work used ‘garage’ or ‘kitchen’ science methods and ‘DIY’ microbiological processes to explore stories about the wives of George IV.
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