Diseases and pandemics are not new—they will always be with us.
Diseases are part of large relationships connecting humans, animals, the environment, culture, and society. They are becoming more frequent, especially those coming to humans from animals. As humans move into and change ecosystems, it brings people closer to animals and the illnesses they carry. Disease not only cause bad health, but carry the meanings people project onto them. When humans contribute to the loss of biodiversity, climate change, social inequality, and systems of oppression, they also create new ways for diseases to affect animals and people around the world.
While exploring this exhibition you may find similarities between events during the current COVID-19 pandemic and those of other diseases.