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Can we ever really see each other By Nicola Gunwhy

Wednesday July 19th - 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

‘Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship, in the kingdom of the well and in the kingdom of the sick. Although we all prefer to use only the good passport, sooner or later each of us is obliged, at least for a spell, to identify ourselves as citizens of that other place.’

Susan Sontag

Can We Ever Really See Each Other? a new exhibition by Nicola Gunwhy at University Hospital Galway, Newcastle Road, Galway from 6.30pm Wednesday 19 July for Galway International Arts Festival

Exhibition to be opened by Sinéad Gleeson

Current themes of Nicola Gunwhy’s work explore the concept of how we perceive and relate, our capacity to see each other and tendency to judge from our own frame of reference. Can we ever see each other objectively and how do we make sense of each other when our worlds form disparate realities?

Nicola is interested in the role of identity and how this impacts on the negotiation of perceiving and being perceived by others. A particular focus is from the perspective of women living with chronic illness and their experience of how this changes their role and position within society. Her work aims to explore women’s evolving relationship to their current state of health, their own bodies, and how they make sense of this shifting dynamic. How does this impact on her identity and the place she occupies in society? What happens when a woman develops an ill and her body becomes a negotiated space between herself and the medical setting that resides over it?

Biography
Nicola Gunwhy’s visual art practice focuses on the intersection between arts and health, drawing from personal and professional experience. She is interested in both individual experience and societal perceptions of illness and the construction of diagnoses. Alongside her development as an artist Nicola trained as a Clinical Psychologist and worked in healthcare, completing her doctorate on children’s experiences of illness.
‘My work aims to explore women’s evolving relationship to their current state of health, their own bodies, and how they make sense of this shifting dynamic. How does this impact on her identity and the place she occupies in society? What happens when a woman develops an illness and her body becomes a negotiated space between herself and the medical setting that resides over it?’

Details

Date:
Wednesday July 19th
Time:
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Website:
https://www.facebook.com/events/484698701870806

Venue

University Hospital Galway
Newcastle
Galway, 6027 Ireland