Free exhibition, 9-10 October 2021, Medicine Galleries, Science Museum

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An exploration of research into how trauma can have an impact on the structure and function of the heart.

Work in progress

Our hearts are often thought of as our emotional centre. Advances in medical imaging have furthered our understanding of our hearts and studies suggest that stress from extreme life events can have an impact on the structure and function of the heart.

Drawing on personal accounts of women from the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministry and methods of analysing cardiac images, Hidden Stories of the Heart translates experiences of extreme stress into abstract models and sounds of the heart to explore how stress and disease can affect our vital organ.

The use of paper mache- which sees distressed, shredded paper transform into a strong structure- echoes the resilience of the women and their hearts.

Artists x Scientist

Elizabeth Folashade

Elizabeth Folashade is a PhD student at the Royal College of Art. Her wide-ranging research investigates paper-mâché’s processing and physical properties as a conduit for imagining resilience for disempowered women.

Sophie Richter

Sophie Richter is a Masters student at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London, where she focuses on designing programmable medical materials to change the way we heal and treat the human body.

Marica Muffoletto

Marica Muffoletto is a PhD student at King’s College London. Combining artificial intelligence and imaging, her interest is mainly in cardiovascular research and automatic diagnosis of diseases.