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Monday, January 12, 2015

The Art of Saving a Life

Perhaps you saw the recent New York Times Arts Section review of the vaccination promotion campaign sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  The campaign, as part of an international effort to raise funds to inoculate millions, has commissioned artists to interpret the "Vaccines Work"  tag line.

The article was accompanied by the reproduction of three of the remarkable commissioned pieces, but it was Alexia Sinclair's tableau of a 18th century vaccination that caught my eye. A young boy is clearly receiving the innoculation from a bewigged doctor while the mother -- detached and yet attached -- sits apart  and  looking away from the tableau while also reaching out to reinforce the doctor's acts with an almost yearning reach of her hand. All of them sit in a fine 18th century sitting room, yet the carpet of grass and blossoms -- we are told of the artist's vision -- was meant to symbolize the virulence of smallpox.  "It brings a fashion-y aesthetic to a virulent disease" the New York Times notes.

Smallpox is not pretty.  But the asethetic of the Sinclair tableau is not exactly beautiful, more  profoundly eerie. I wonder if it doesn't also tap into our modern anxieties about vaccination.  It is, after all, an act of faith to vaccinate, then as now.

If you visit "The Art of Saving a Life" website you find Alexia Sinclair's tableau titled "Edward Jenner's Smallpox Discovery."   Edward Jenner, sometimes known as the father of immunization, did not discover the smallpox vaccination, however.  He was, rather, the first person to confer scientific status on the procedure and to pursue its scientific validation. Vaccinated against smallpox himself as a young boy, he spent some of his prodigious talents attempting to validate the mikmaids' truism that exposure to cowpox meant immunity to smallpox.

Seen from this perspective, eight year old James Phipps (Edward Jenner's first human subject) and Sarah Nelms (the milkmaid donor of cow pox for transfer to James Phipps) ought be in Alexia Sinclair's interpretation of Edward Jenner's smallpox discovery.

 

 

Posted by Ann Marie Marciarille on January 12, 2015 at 01:19 AM in Blogging, Current Affairs, Science | Permalink

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To Melinda and Bill Gate Foundation
The Art of Saving a Life Project
Subject: Artist from the Dominican Republic

Dear all,
CONGRATULATIONS!! I am very glad to see this important initiative.

I’m an international artist from the Dominican Republic with more than twenty five years experience.

Please, check new artist portfolio:
https://www.behance.net/gallery/9048765/New-Artist-Portfolio

At the same time, working on Scientific Research Project Santa Cucaracha HIV/Aids Vaccine. A project concept of art, science and society, presented at Palace of Fine Arts in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Since 1995, I proposing that the most effective PREVENTIVE HIV/Aids VACCINE will be found in the proteins of the cockroaches.

Since 1995, we are proposing that the most effective PREVENTIVE VACCINE is in the Cockroaches.

Approaches and solutions: Cockroaches are the oldest living and most powerful creatures on earth, approximately 350 to 400 million years. They have survived major disasters, weather phenomena and atomic bombs. They are strong and resilient because they are loaded with viruses and bacteria and this is the beginning of any immunity.

We follow the same procedure as Edward Jenner did with his research on smallpox. We say: we must strengthen the capacity of the human body immune cells (lymphocytes T CD +4) with proteins of cockroaches and create antibodies to endure and live with HIV.

Procedure:

Phase (1) .- We must strengthen our immune system with small doses of cockroach protein given every (40) forty days.

Phase (2) .- Reinforced and strengthened our body can develop antibodies to endure.

Phase (3) .- To live with the HIV, we inject the preparation of antigens in attenuated form.

Edward Jenner used cows to create antibodies, we propose use cockroaches.

In September 2010, a group of scientists at the University of Nottingham, England confirmed that: "The Cockroaches, a powerful antibiotic"

Objective: my main purpose is that universities, scientists, researchers, doctors, vaccinologist, immunologists, virologists and great specialists in infectious diseases, HIV/AIDS and vaccines become aware and begin the research in their respective institutions around the world.

Your Faithfully,
Mariojosé ANGELES
Principal Investigator on HIV/Aids and Cockroaches
SOLAR GOVERNMENT FOUNDATION
Calle Madame Curie 14, Cond. Vizcaya, Edif. C-4-1, La Esperilla
Santo Domingo, D.N. DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
http://www.solargovernment.org

Posted by: Mariojosé ANGELES | Jan 20, 2015 6:19:38 PM

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