Island Collaborations by Kate Hughes
‘Island Collaborations’ is an art project exploring the hospital ward environment for adult patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) at Royal Brompton Hospital. Children and adults with CF are isolated from each other because of the risk of cross-infection with harmful bacteria in their lungs (usually harmless to people without CF). This means that when they are on the ward they are admitted to single rooms.
The project explores life in a typical room on the respiratory ward that is inhabited by one CF patient at a time, usually for a minimum two week stay. Artist Kate Hughes worked in collaboration with patients with CF who sent her photos and recordings of their hospital room, from which she made the work in the exhibition. Island Collaborations exists as a blog, which participants and members of the public can follow, and will be exhibited at Royal Brompton Hospital from Tuesday 11 October.
"We live not so much a shared experience of staying for long periods in a single hospital room as a ‘parallel’ one, so the project explores the parallel life of CF patients looking at its effect visually and in sound terms." Kate Hughes, artist, 2016