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Talk Online | Living with Trauma

Online | Living with Trauma


Join us for the international premiere of A Different Kind of Different, with talks from artists, curators & pioneering medical tattooists.

About this Event

Living with Trauma is the first in a series of online events marking the release of A Different Kind of Different, an animated short film by Jordan Baseman that charts the psychological impact of breast cancer. Reflecting on the initial ordeal of loss, the film reveals a journey to acceptance via the liberation of – “holy fucking crap!” - mastectomy tattoos. 

A screening of the film will be accompanied by illustrated talks from artists, curators and medical tattoo experts, who will draw on their specialist fields of research and lived experiences to consider the physical and psychological manifestations of trauma.

Speakers include medical tattoo pioneer Mary Jane Haake, who empowered a cross-generational wave of mastectomy tattoo wearers; writer, editor and curator Anna McNay; artist and researcher Jade Montserrat; and writer for performance, page and video Sally O’Reilly. Presentations will be followed by a panel discussion featuring the artist, moderated by Clare Barlow, Curator of Exhibitions at the Science Gallery, London.

About the project

A Different Kind of Different is an animated short film by Jordan Baseman that charts the psychological impact of breast cancer. Featuring a cast of hand-drawn characters, the film’s narrative follows protagonist, Alicia (voiced by an actor). Her story is based on interviews with people who have chosen to wear mastectomy tattoos, and on conversations with scientists and academics.

With both candour and humour, Alicia reflects on life after breast cancer; from the hatred she feels towards her body, to her declaration that her post-chemo hair means she resembles Justin Timberlake (“are you fucking kidding me?”). She recounts the jolt of medical menopause, her rejection of breast reconstruction, followed by her encounter with mastectomy tattoos, and finally the realisation of her own joyful inking.

Event details

Thu 14 Jan 2021, 7:00pm

Live subtitles (remote) by STAGETEXT

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Venue details

Matt's Gallery
92 Webster Rd
SE16 4DF

Phone: 020 7237 0398

Email: info@mattsgallery.org

Website: Matt's Gallery

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