The Bodyworks Suite exhibition consists of 20 unique limited edition prints created through MRI scans of Alex Flett’s spine, bounced through sophisticated coloured photo copiers.
Flett was the European Cultural Advisor for the AIDS 2000 Conference, for which the works were originally created. They were exhibited in the BAT Centre Democratic Gallery as part of the Amasiko Programme. He describes the prints as 'artisience' - a word coined to describe those things which cross boundaries between art and science, and to show that often art and science are working from the same philosophical root. Bodyworks speaks of the human need to defeat the virus with what one might call the psychology of art at work. Bodyworks aims to give viewers, especially children, a sense of self-worth as well as of their own humanity, and a sense of owning, taking charge of and protecting one's own body.
The Bodyworks project was developed for the XIII International AIDS Conference in Durban in 2000, and now, in 2016, the exhibition of prints continues to inform on the importance of art and culture in the battle against HIV and AIDS. The exhibition aims to promote and enhance scientific and community collaborations in the form of art and culture working hand in hand with science.
"The prints are what could call artisience. A word coined to describe those things which cross boundaries between art and science, and to show that often art and science are working from the same philosophical root, and the case of Bodyworks, it speaks of what we all want and look for which is the defeat of the virus. It is what one might call the psychology of art at work."
The exhibition further aims to promote activism and community mobilisation especially around young people and children, as it educates through art, raising awareness of every individual's right to health and access to HIV prevention and treatment programmes, and protection against stigma and discrimination.