Iraqi physician turned medical anthropologist Dr Omar Dewachi explores how decades of conflict are directly linked to the evolution and spread of a deadly bacteria to ask: if war is a key driver of disease, can we end all wars to save our health?

Medicine and war are entangled. Conflict and new weapons create conditions for the spread of disease and injuries driving medical innovations that last beyond specific conflicts. Antibiotics were invented in times of war (penicillin was invented in WWII), yet today, wars and long-term military conflicts are driving an era of the end of antibiotics. The journey Dr Dewachi takes us on will be woven with the latest analytical modelling techniques, archive material from Iraq, ‘microscopic’ cinema and AR in an installation to will allow us to forensically and poetically explore this bacteria, visualise the relationships between people and their environment, to see the unseeable effects of war and how their lethality can extend decades past their supposed end date.


Yasmin Fedda, Director