How Fear is Disseminated––<i>Memories and Records: The Vaccine Archive</i>


  • Vicki Sung-yeon Kwon University of Alberta



visual culture of vaccination, vaccine archive, collective memory, needle fear, propaganda, migration


Memories and Records: The Vaccine Archive explores both individual and collective memories of vaccination across geographic borders. This paper outlines the development of The Vaccine Archive and analyzes the visual culture of vaccines manifested in the archive collections. In examining the vaccine archives, the author argues that the visual culture of vaccination reinforces stereotypes and fear associated with vaccines, forming and disseminating the collective memory of vaccines.

Author Biography

Vicki Sung-yeon Kwon, University of Alberta

strong>Vicki Sung-yeon Kwon is an art historian and curator. Kwon is currently a PhD candidate in the History of Art, Design and Visual Culture and a lecturer of modern and contemporary East Asian art history at the University of Alberta. Her doctoral research explores socially engaged art in transnational contact zones facilitated by artists from East Asia, funded by SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, International Researcher Residency Program of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Korea, Junior Fellowship of Kyujanggak Institute for Korean Studies at the Seoul National University, etc. Having completed her BA in art history and semiotics and communication theories and MA in art history at the University of Toronto, she worked as an administrator, curator, project manager, and researcher for art, education, and cultural organizations. Her curated exhibitions include Designing Connection in Friction at Harcourt House in Edmonton (2018) and Mass and Individual: The Archive of the Guyanese Mass Games at the Arko Art Centre in Seoul (2016), which garnered the largest of the 2016 Korea Arts Council’s exhibition grants. Kwon has published research papers in the journals Korean Studies and Inter-Asian Cultural Studies. Kwon is participating in <Immune Nations> as an artist and project manager.




How to Cite

Kwon, V. S.- yeon. (2020). How Fear is Disseminated––<i>Memories and Records: The Vaccine Archive</i>. Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies, 11(2), 259–279.