Sick Exhib­i­tion

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I’m much more timely with writ­ing about this than I usually am, because the exhib­i­tion is currently running. My friend Zara Carpenter has curated an exhib­i­tion of artworks In Chath­am related to chron­ic illness. It runs from the 4th to 27th August at Sun Pier House, Chath­am. You can find out more about the exhib­it­ors and philo­sophy behind the exhib­i­tion on the website. There are just some hasty phone photos from the open­ing night.

I went to the open­ing party last night. The big open­ing event was smash­ing the piñata. Parti­cipants in a work­shop created a huge grey cloud piñata repres­ent­ing illness, and filled it with bright cheer­ful odds and ends like pompoms and badges.

Here you can see the prin­ted stor­ies of people’s illnesses on the outside of the piñata. I ended up with a paper crane and fabric flowers from the inside.

Zara also created a suit prin­ted with names of invis­ible, long-term health condi­tions in UV ink. The names were only visible under the UV light of hand­held torches, repres­ent­ing how debil­it­at­ing illness are often hard to perceive from the outside.

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