This spe­cial issue of Imag­i­na­tions: Jour­nal of Cross-Cul­tur­al Image Stud­ies com­ple­ments the <Immune Nations> spec­u­la­tive research-cre­ation exhi­bi­tion that focus­es on visu­al art as a con­struc­tive con­trib­u­tor to glob­al polit­i­cal dis­course around life-sav­ing vac­cines. Curat­ed by Natal­ie Love­less and co-led with Sean Caulfield and Steven J. Hoff­man, <Immune Nations> fea­tures col­lab­o­ra­tive art and research projects direct­ed by Jes­per Alvær, Sean Caulfield, Tim­o­thy Caulfield, Caitlin Fish­er, Steven J. Hoff­man, Johan Holst, Annemarie Hou, Ali­son Humphrey, Rachelle Viad­er Knowles, Kaisu Kos­ki, Vic­ki S. Kwon, Patrick Mahon, Patrick Fafard, Lath­i­ka Sritha­ran, and Mkr­tich Tonoyan.

It was exhib­it­ed at Gal­leri KiT, Trond­heim Acad­e­my of Fine Arts, Trond­heim, Nor­way, March 13–24, 2017; the Joint Unit­ed Nations Pro­gramme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Head­quar­ters, Gene­va, Switzer­land, May 23-June 30, 2017, and will be open­ing at the McMas­ter Art Muse­um, Hamil­ton, Cana­da, Fall 2021.

The <Immune Nations> exhi­bi­tion and works fea­tured in this spe­cial issue were fund­ed by the Inter­na­tion­al Col­lab­o­ra­tion for Cap­i­tal­iz­ing on Cost-Effec­tive and Life-Sav­ing Com­modi­ties (i4C) through a grant from the Research Coun­cil of Norway’s Glob­al Health & Vac­ci­na­tion Pro­gramme (GLOBVAC Project #234608). Addi­tion­al fund­ing was pro­vid­ed by the Cana­di­an Insti­tutes of Health Research, Kil­lam Research Fund, and Social Sci­ences and Human­i­ties Research Coun­cil of Cana­da. Sig­nif­i­cant in-kind sup­port was also pro­vid­ed by a num­ber of insti­tu­tions, includ­ing: the Trond­heim Acad­e­my of Fine Art, UNAIDS, and McMas­ter Muse­um of Art through host­ing each iter­a­tion of the <Immune Nations> exhi­bi­tion and accom­pa­ny­ing work­shops; the Research Coun­cil of Nor­way through spon­sor­ing an open­ing recep­tion at the Trond­heim Acad­e­my of Fine Art; the gov­ern­ments of Cana­da and Namib­ia through co-host­ing an open­ing recep­tion at UNAIDS Head­quar­ters that was addi­tion­al­ly co-spon­sored by UNAIDS, World Health Orga­ni­za­tion, Gavi, and the 54 coun­tries of the Africa Group. Thanks are also due to the Uni­ver­si­ty of Alber­ta, Uni­ver­si­ty of Ottawa, and York Uni­ver­si­ty. It is the sup­port of these var­ied fun­ders and insti­tu­tions that has made pos­si­ble the robust, cre­ative, and inno­v­a­tive research rep­re­sent­ed in this vol­ume, and that, hope­ful­ly, helps pave a way for­ward for such col­lab­o­ra­tive and inter­dis­ci­pli­nary ini­tia­tives in the future.

More infor­ma­tion about <Immune Nations> can be found online at www​.immune​na​tions​.com.