The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation asked over 30 artists, writers, musicians and filmmakers to create a “story” about vaccines – one of the greatest advances in human history. “Days of Tranquility” are a temporary truce called during a conflict, to allow humanitarian assistance including immunization into communities. Here, Frank Viva depicts two warring factions who have been halted by an invisible force. Creating a stark contrast, the child and nurse are happy, innocent, and oblivious to the looming conflict.

I was drawn to the subject matter because of the term ‘Days of Tranquility.’ It is at once poetic and idealistic – and underscores the hopeful truth that humanity and tolerance can shine through even during the ugliest of times.

Frank Viva