Wednesday, 2 April 2014

"The Scar Project": Re-thinking Breast Cancer Through Art

The power of art is far reaching. This article is about a series of large scale photographs and a film of scared young women from breast cancer surgeries. How wonderful a message to raise awareness of this condition and what it inflects on some of us.

Courtesy of CTV News:

"A series of large-scale portraits of, as well as a documentary about young breast cancer survivors opens in Toronto on Friday to help raise awareness of the illness with an unflinching look at the aftermath of a fight with the disease.
Fashion photographer David Jay's 'The Scar Project' and the documentary about the exhibit will be featured in this year's Breast Fest, a film and media festival dedicated to breast cancer awareness and education held in Toronto from March 28 to April 6.
On CTV’s Canada AM, Jay said his 2011 documentary, 'Baring It All,' focused on paying tribute to the courage and spirit of breast cancer survivors. But the film and exhibition are also about strength, acceptance and tolerance, he said.

'There's so many other messages that go far beyond breast cancer, and I think that's why it's an interesting exhibition for people to see,' Jay said Thursday.

'People come and they stand in front of the images and there's a lot of crying, a lot of sobbing, but they're not crying for breast cancer... People cry for themselves.'
The photos featured in the exhibit and film portray women with long scars across their chests.
'It's really about the scars that we all bare,' Jay said.

The majority of Breast Fest events will be held at the Hot Docs Cinema on Bloor Street West just east of Bathurst Street, where Jay's documentary plays on Sunday, March 30 at 3:30 p.m.
His photo exhibit is on display at the Edward Day Gallery at 952 Queen Street West, unit 200, Friday, March 28 to Sunday, April 6."

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