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Work of brain injury artists displayed in St Paul's
27 January 2015
The 'alienation, trauma, loss, identity and acceptance' of having an acquired brain injury is explored in a new art installation at St Paul's.
This Is Not Me, is a month-long exhibition of artwork from the unique perspective of people with an acquired brain injury, organised by the Acquired Brain Injury Forum for London (ABIL).
Running from January 27 to February 26, the exciting exhibition in the Cathedral's Minor Canons' Aisle portrays the reality of living with an acquired brain injury and challenges the perceptions of this 'hidden injury'.
The 20 works on display have been created by people with a range of acquired brain injuries who are learning to come to terms with changes in their lives, sometimes having to ‘get to know’ themselves and their place in society all over again. Their experience provides a unique lens on the universal themes of alienation, trauma, loss, identity and acceptance.
An Acquired Brain Injury is a non-degenerative injury to the brain that has occurred since birth, and has been acquired either traumatically (e.g. road traffic accidents, sport or leisure pursuits, assaults, falls or battle) or non-traumatically (e.g. strokes, tumours, diseases).
All the artwork has been curated by numerous organisations that work with and support those with an acquired brain injury. The works selected can
be seen here with those entered but selected for display available here.
The Reverend Canon Mark Oakley, Chancellor of St Paul's, said: "We often refer to human beings being made up of 'heart and mind', emotion and intellect. When these are both affected by acquired brain injuries there is consequently a frightening disorientation of who we are. This is intensified and made more frightening by the complex and invisible world of the brain.
"Art is one way to make the invisible visible, to express and explore the confusing currents of who we are in the world. These pictures are testimony to the extraordinary resilience of the human spirit even in the face of losing a sense of self. It is appropriate to display them in a Cathedral not least because of the project’s conviction that what is lost may be found and that our human identity is restored only in relationship and trust."