Welcomed Touch explores fragmented sections of safe sex and AIDS advertisement posters held within the Wellcome Collection Library, London.
The imagery is reduced to abstract moments of skin on skin contact, drawing a parallel between these images and the current social distancing practices instated due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These fragile moments reflect the desire and longing for human embrace within this time of precautionary isolation. Due to the nature of the scanned posters, each image reveals it’s previous physical nature by the pattern of paper and dpi markings. Dramatised by the closeness of the crop, what is meant to be viewed from a distance is brought forth for intimate interpretation.
This project is a response to the rapidly-changing landscape of our current social and political environment and will expand and adapt over time, a reflection of the current crisis.