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About Anna Dumitriu

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. 

“Susceptible” (2020) Installation Pre-Visualisation

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.

“Shielding” (2020) installation view at the Regency Townhouse
Commissioned by ART/ DATA/HEALTH

She holds visiting research fellowships at the University of HertfordshireBrighton 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. 

“Ex Voto” (2021) Installation View, Museum Het Valkhof, Netherlands (Photo credit Flip Franssen)

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.

“ArchaeaBot: A Post Climate Change, Post Singularity Life-form” Installation View at Ars Electronica 2018, Austria (Photo Credit: Vanessa Graf/Ars Electronica)

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 FriezeArtforum International MagazineLeonardo JournalThe Art NewspaperArt QuarterlyNature and The Lancet.

“Infective Textiles” (2011) Installation View at Lighthouse, Brighton, UK

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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