Rina Dave had stage 4 breast cancer and, during her treatment, made studio photographs of the people keeping her alive at Charing Cross Hospital and beyond. They were exhibited Imperial College London, 2014: 24 larger than life portraits that included a man on a motorbike, a father with his young child, a woman in a carnival headdress.
In 2015, Rina peacefully passed away at home in India. Inspired by her project, we designed a feedback wall for Imperial’s 2019 Great Exhibition Road Festival around Rina’s question ‘What makes you feel alive?’ We tested the device subsequently at a training session for cancer researchers, an open day and in a chemotherapy day unit. Since it helped spark conversations about research, we then made this video.