Everything I Could Buy on eBay about Malaria
- By: Claire McKenna
Short of cash? Then why not sell your soul? The going rate for souls, almost new, in good condition, is £11.61 on eBay, the worlds largest online auction house. So diverse are the items on sale that NASA has recently admitted to searching eBay for replacement computer parts for the space shuttle programme. Now Canadian artist Bill Burns has joined the devotees of the auction house and has amassed an eclectic and eccentric cornucopia of items relating to malaria for this Wellcome Trust exhibition.
The items on display amount to a veritable pocket history of malaria and malaria prevention and treatment programmes in the 20th century. One can see model crop dusters designed to spray DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloromethane), stamps from around the world featuring malaria themes, maps circa 1960 of African malarial regions, as well as an LP record by the German all-girl punk band Malaria. Some of the exhibits are