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About the exhibition

BioArt and Bacteria art is a solo exhibition of artworks by internationally acclaimed BioArtist Anna Dumitriu exploring our relationship to the microbial world.

Dumitriu’s art practice fuses craft, technology and bioscience to weave complex but engaging narratives around our relationship to infectious disease and its cultural and personal implications. She works hands-on with the tools and techniques of microbiology and synthetic biology to create intricate artworks that reveal strange histories and emerging futures. 

Her obsessions with the history and treatment of infectious diseases, medical ethics, antibiotics and antibiotic resistance, natural dyes and ancient remedies, the evolution of drug discovery process and genetics speak urgently to the concerns of wide audiences and make for a visceral and emotionally affecting experience.  

BioArt and Bacteria includes works from many of Dumitriu’s key projects including her Romantic Disease project which explores mankind’s strange relationship with ‘the Romantic Disease’ Tuberculosis, from early superstitions about the disease through to the development of antibiotics to the latest research into whole genome sequencing of bacteria. 

Also on display are works exploring synthetic biology. Visitors will be struck by her unexpected uses of materials that combine intricate traditional – and sometimes ancient – art making techniques with the use of lab generated materials.

'Really enjoyed exploring this while at the Eden Project today. "The Sequence Dress" was my absolute favourite amongst all sorts of other gems.'
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More about the artist

Dumitriu was the 2018 President of the Science and the Arts section of the British Science Association. She holds visiting research fellowships at the University of Hertfordshire, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, and Waag Society. She is artist-in-residence with Modernising Medical Microbiology at the University of Oxford, and with the National Collection of Type Cultures at Public Health England.

Her extensive exhibition profile includes The Picasso Museum Barcelona, ZKM, BOZAR Museum of Art, Ars Electronica Festival, The Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei, The Museum of the History of Science in Oxford, The Science Gallery Dublin, The Science Gallery Lab Detroit, The Beall Center for Art and Technology in Los Angeles, The Rockefeller Arts Centre at the State University of New York, and The V&A Museum London, the Science Museum London, and Eden Project. 

Find out more about Anna Dumutriu.

Other works at the Eden Project

Explore Dumitriu’s permanent works at the Eden Project in the Core as part of the Invisible You exhibition. 

  • Don’t try this at home’ explores the complex story of faecal microbiota transplants. It’s an enigmatic work comprising a prepared faecal transplant, textiles stained and patterned with gut bacteria, anatomical glass, and an unlocked carved wooden box.
  • 'The Human Super-organism' is a digital installation created with Alex May, allowing participants to visualise the diverse communities of bacteria that live on their skin. 


All images © Anna Dumitriu