<i>VacZineNations!</i> as Practice-Led Research


  • Rachelle Viader Knowles Manchester Metropolitan University




dialogue-based art, practice-led research, artist/academic, translocality, mobility


VacZineNations! is a collaborative artwork led by Rachelle Viader Knowles and Mkrtich Tonoyan, produced by artists, students, and designers in the UK, Canada, China, and Armenia, and exhibited as part of <Immune Nations> at Galleri KiT in Trondheim, Norway, and UNAIDS in Geneva, Switzerland in 2017. This paper positions the artwork within the context of practice-led research and dialogic approaches to art-making, identifying a set of nine key characteristics for translocal, dialogue-based art.

Author Biography

Rachelle Viader Knowles, Manchester Metropolitan University

Rachelle Viader Knowles is an artist, researcher, and educator. She is Head of International for the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK, where her role supports the development of international initiatives and partnerships for education, research, and knowledge exchange. Rachelle has eleven years’ experience in academic leadership roles in higher education. Prior to joining Manchester Met, she was Associate Head International for the School of Art and Design at Coventry University, UK, and Head of Visual Arts at the University of Regina in Canada, where she taught media arts practice for twelve years. She is a dual UK and Canadian citizen. Her practice-led research investigates translocality, dialogue as art, and artistic practices/methods developed through participation, collaboration, and networks. Her works have been performed, published, screened, found, or encountered in numerous international venues and publications. Exhibitions include MilaKunst Gallery in Berlin; Conflux, and the Experimental Text Festivals in New York; Three Walls Gallery in Chicago; the MacKenzie, Mendel, Neutral Ground and YYZ galleries in Canada; Residencia Corazon Gallery in La Plata, Argentina; Chapter Gallery in Cardiff, Wales; the Gwangju Biennale in South Korea; the Gyumri Biennale in Armenia; and the Can Gelabert Cultural Centre in Mallorca. She is an active member of the international advisory board for the Armenian Art Centre of Social Studies based in Yerevan, Armenia. Rachelle holds a PhD in Art+Media from Plymouth University and an MFA in Visual Arts from the University of Windsor.




How to Cite

Knowles, R. V. (2020). <i>VacZineNations!</i> as Practice-Led Research. Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies, 11(2), 217–232. https://doi.org/10.17742/IMAGE.IN.11.2.12