Identity: Eight rooms, nine lives




What influences or determines our sense of who we are? What makes one person distinct from another? How does science inform human identity? This major new exhibition explores the tension between the way we view ourselves and how others see us.

Explore the subject of genetic testing. How curious are you about the information in your DNA?

Nine individual stories introduce eight distinct rooms. One room begins with the story of scientist Alec Jeffreys’ invention of DNA fingerprinting 25 years ago, the diaries of Samuel Pepys introduce another, while self-portraiture is explored through the work of the Jewish artist Claude Cahun, who despite being sentenced to death for acts of resistance, survived the Nazi occupation of Jersey.

Other subjects tackled include twins, phrenology and brain imaging, gender and s

Duration 26 November 2009 - 06 April 2010
Times
Cost free
Venue Wellcome Collection
Address 183 Euston Road London NW1 2BE, ,
Contact 020 7611 2222 / info@wellcomecollection.org / www.wellcomecollection.org/whats-on/exhibitions/identity.aspx

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