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The invisible body – where art meets science


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Photo credit: Den osynliga kroppen

On October 31, 2017 the opening reception for the art exhibition “The invisible body – art in science” took place at Sven-Harry's art museum in Stockholm. This exhibition presents research from a different perspective – the visual – and consists of a unique assembly of scientific images produced in the course of research. Lund Stem Cell Center is represented with images from several research groups. 

Research from a different perspective

"The invisible body" is a fascinating and beautiful assembly of images where each piece of art reveals the work of scientists behind it, and invites to reflect on the aesthetics of research. It celebrates the beauty of research and the dialogue between art and science. 

- The idea was brought to me when I saw a beautiful multicolor picture from a scientist that studies cancer and I was blown away by the fact that something so horrible could be that beautiful, says Mona Norman, who initiated and leads the project.

Christine Karlsson coordinated the work from Lund University. In her role as Executive Director of the Lund Research School in Stem Cell Biology at Lund Stem Cell Center, she acted as scientific advisor for the exhibition together with Saida Hadjab from Karolinska Institute.

- We are honoured and proud to be part of this project, it has been such a fascinating and inspiring journeyIt is fantastic to see so many contributions from Lund University, Christine Karlsson says.

Lund Stem Cell Center is represented with contributions from eight research groups. More than 20 researchers from Lund Stem Cell Center participated in the opening reception on October 31, 2017 at Sven-Harry's art museum in Stockholm. 

In total, Lund University is represented with images from several laboratories:

  • Elin Pietras // Alexander Pietras lab
  • Maciej Ciesla // Cristian Bellodi lab
  • Yuriy Pomeshchik // Laurent Roybon lab
  • Daniel Tornero // Zaal Kokaia & Olle Lindvall lab
  • Marcus Davidsson // Tomas Björklund lab
  • Talia Velasco // David Bryder lab
  • Sofie Mohlin // Ingrid Öra lab & Marianne Bronner lab
  • Janelle Drouin-Ouellet // Malin Parmar lab
  • Catharina Müller // Gunilla Westergren-Thorsson lab
  • Sara Nolbrant // Malin Parmar lab
  • Sandra Capellera Garcia // Johan Flygare lab
  • Bengt Mattsson // Anders Björklund lab

Celebrating the dialogue between art and science

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Mona Norman, project and communications manager at the Ragnar Söderberg Foundation, at the opening reception on October 31, 2017.
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The scientific and production team was acknowledged by the project manager Mona Norman (middle). Christine Karlsson, Executive Director for the Lund Research School in Stem Cell Biology at Lund Stem Cell Center, coordinated the work from Lund University. "The exhibition would not have been possible without the many engaged professionals involved in the project. This is not a one man show." , says Mona Norman.
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Opening reception at Sven-Harrys art museum in Stockholm.
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From left: Gunilla Westergren-Thorsson, dean of the Medical Faculty at Lund University, and Malin Parmar in front of the image "Breathe in, breathe out" in the upper left corner. The image was taken by Catherina Müller, a postdoctoral fellow in Gunilla Westergren-Thorsson's lab.
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Sandra Capellera Garcia from Johan Flygare's lab documented a skin cell's journey to becoming a red blood cell in the series "Switching identities I-III".
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Astrocytes or universe? Sara Nolbrant's image "The milky way" invites for reflection on the aesthetics of research. Sara is a PhD student in Malin Parmar's lab.
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Artistic interpretation of Sara Nolbrant's contribution "The milky way" on the exhibitions' flyer.
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Bengt Mattsson in front of his contribution "A second chance".
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Daniel Tornero's work "Nebulosa" (upper right corner) shows a colony of neural stem cells generated from skin cells.
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Talia Velasco from David Bryder's lab points towards her section of a femur called "Home sweet home" in the upper right corner. Displayed underneath in green is Maciej Ciesla's contribution "The first beat".

The invisible body is initiated by the Ragnar Söderberg Foundation and is made in collaboration with Sven-Harry's art museum in Stockholm. The exhibition will run until January 7, 2018.

Photo credits: Den osynliga kroppen, Daniel Tornero, Göran Karlsson, Malin Parmar, Talia Velasco, Christine Karlsson

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