<i>Upstream the Cold Chain</i>


  • Jesper Alvaer




single channel video, artistic intervention, cold chain, end-user communities, Burkina Faso, Mozambique


Upstream the Cold Chain is a film and an installation of objects produced in the process of producing the film. It is also an experiment in improving access to vaccines and creating hospitable artistic interventions in public health contexts across borders. Presented in the context of <Immune Nations>, Upstream the Cold Chain was first shown in Trondheim, Norway, as part of the 2017 GLOBVAC conference on global health and then later at UNAIDS on the occasion of the World Health Organization’s 70th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.

Author Biography

Jesper Alvaer

Jesper Alvaer is a Norwegian artist based in Oslo and Prague. From 2013 to 2017, he was a research fellow at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts with the project Work, Work: Staging Dislocation in Artistic and Non-Artistic Labour. He holds a MFA from the Academy of Fine Art in Prague (2004) and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) from the Arts, Health and Society Division of the European Graduate School (2014). In addition to showing his art at a number of international exhibitions, Alvaer has also participated in numerous study, residence, and research programs in Norway and abroad.




How to Cite

Alvaer, J. (2020). <i>Upstream the Cold Chain</i>. Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies, 11(2), 115–126. https://doi.org/10.17742/IMAGE.IN.11.2.8