About the project

Artists and scientists have many things in common: Curiosity and eagerness to experiment, the desire to explain connections and to point out new approaches to solutions. The decisive difference in their approach to questions and problems lies in the rules of the game and in the presentation and representation of their findings. The productive interplay between the disciplines - art, medicine, science - characterizes the exhibition "From Shadow to Light".

It was created in close collaboration between six master students and graduates of the Dresden University of Fine Arts, researchers, physicians, nurses, psychooncologists, prevention experts, and patients at the National Center for Tumor Diseases Dresden and the University Medical Center Dresden. Scientists from the Biotechnology Center of the TU Dresden and the Mildred Scheel Center for Young Investigators were also involved.

In drawings, paintings, pictorial objects as well as installative sculptural works and a film essay, the artists reflect on therapeutic procedures and innovative approaches in cancer medicine and research. In a very personal way, the artworks invite the viewer to engage with the possibilities and advances in oncological research and therapy.

The exhibition opens on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the multidisciplinary cancer center in Dresden: The University Cancer Center (UCC) Dresden was founded in 2003 with the aim of linking interdisciplinary patient care, cancer research and teaching as closely as possible. Today's National Center for Tumor Diseases Dresden (NCT/UCC) combines patient care at the cutting edge of scientific knowledge with practical research at the highest international level. On the occasion of the anniversary, the exhibition shows central stations from the history of the center in addition to topics from research and medicine.

„From Shadow to Light" is a joint exhibition project of the National Center for Tumor Diseases Dresden (NCT/UCC), the Custody of TU Dresden and the Dresden University of Fine Arts.

Curated by: Philippe Fanghänel, Dr. Anna Kraft, Gwendolin Kremer