On the day of the official launch of the Breast Cancer:a creative intervention exhibition I want to express a heartfelt THANK YOU to all those who have contributed to the project in many different ways. It could not have been realised without you.
I hope to see many of you there tonight but for those who are unable to come please watch this space for images of the event and of the work on show.
For the time being here is the text that I think epitomises the whole thing:
This project…is about experience – the profound human experience of negotiating the physical and emotional balance between sickness and health.
This project…is an initiative developed through a unique collaboration between an artist and medical science to address, through art, the reality of experience when the subtle balance of life is tipped by the onset of disease.
This project… is about the lives of women who have suffered, are still suffering and are yet to suffer the impact of cancer. It is not so much about the disease itself, the etiological world of causes and symptoms, or the biomedical intervention that is the treatment regime; it is more about what it feels like when all sense of normality, and all the expectations of a future that accompany good health, suddenly become submerged in degrees of suffering that impact both on the individual, and on the people who care for and about her.
This project…is about the experience of illness, where that experience overrides all others. It is about creating a language that has the power to speak, not necessarily for the women whose personal stories are taken as the basis for what is shown here, but rather because of them.
This project…is because there is a need for all women who have suffered, or are yet suffering, to be heard.