New Exhibition: My Story Through A Lens
We’re kicking off 2012 in the gallery with our first exhibition “My Story Through A Lens” which has its launch events (yes, there are two) on Tuesday 10th January 2-4pm and 7-9pm. Birmingham’s own Poet Laureate, Jan Watts will be opening the events so I hope you’ll be able to come along.
Here’s a description of the exhibition by organisers Louise and Nadeem:
My Story Through a Lens aims to challenge & reduce the stigma & discrimination often associated with mental health issues, through the content of work produced & its accessibility to the public.
This Exhibition is the culmination of a ten week project involving participants exploring their own individual stories using photography and creative writing.
The group have previously featured their work at the Mindful Exhibition, Arts All Over the Place & Survivor Art Exhibition at Birmingham University.
Shared experiences of mental health issues brought individuals together as artists who express their creativity through photography and writing and leads them to believe:
“Problems don’t have to be the end of the world”
“We are a group of artists who have mental health issues
rather than a group of service users who ‘do’ art”
“We have seen a side of life not everyone has experienced,
and have benefited from it”
As you may remember, at Fotofilia we are keen to encourage and display work which spans art forms, and especially photography and the written word, so for many reasons, this is an exhibition we are especially proud to bring you and a great introduction to the gallery’s 2012 calendar.