Creating another way to experience a story.
Telling the story of Henrietta Lacks.
HeLa is an exploration in intensifying a reader's experience through non-linear storytelling. As opposed to books, where content is delivered uniformly on a page, HeLa requires the reader to physically navigate a hanging structure, moving around it and under it in search of text to reveal the story of Henrietta Lacks. The chronology of the story became of secondary importance as the reader was encouraged to make correlations between the selected excerpts in order to understand the narrative and gain awareness to the ethical implications raised by the novel.
SCOPE 3 Weeks
PROCESS Concept design, graphic design, fabrication
SOLO PROJECT Azucena Romá
Who is Henrietta Lacks?
My interest in creating this project was sparked by an article I came across online that led me to read the non-fiction novel "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by science author Rebecca Skloot.
Henrietta Lacks, known to scientists as HeLa, is a woman who is the source of one of the most important cell lines in medical research. Her immortal cells, taken without her knowledge in 1951, were shipped to research labs worldwide. HeLa cells have served as a catalyst for medical breakthroughs such as the polio vaccine and have been commodified into an ongoing multi-billion dollar industry. I felt compelled to share her story since we have all collectively benefited from her cell line.