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Talk Online | Reclaiming the Body

Online | Reclaiming the Body


Join us for a screening of A Different Kind of Different, with illustrated talks by leading academics, artists, curators & writers.

About this Event

Reclaiming the Body is the third and final instalment in a series of online events that mark 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.

The final event in this series will look at physical declarations of intent that signify the reclamation of a changed body or self. Alongside a screening of the film, presentations drawing on the speakers' specialisms and lived experiences will examine these deeply personal acts of defiance.

Speakers include internationally acclaimed artist and filmmaker Mania Akbari; Dr Gemma Angel, an interdisciplinary scholar specialising in the history and anthropology of the European tattoo; and Anees Chagpar, Professor of Surgery (Oncology) at Yale School of Medicine. Presentations will be followed by a panel discussion featuring the artist which will be moderated by art historian, writer and curator Gemma Blackshaw.

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 28 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

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