An interactive exhibition focusing on medicine, memory and the treatment process will open at the University of Liverpool’s Victoria Gallery & Museum (VG&M) during Liverpool Biennial.
Phantom Limb is an exhibition of around 20 works by nine artists, most of whom work from their own personal experiences of operations and illnesses.
It focuses on medicine and the psychological impact of the treatment process, in particular how memory physically and mentally affects illness, how pain impacts on memory and cognitive functioning and how memory impacts on pain physically (e.g. phantom pain) and mentally through trauma. It also considers the effect memory has on mental illness.
VG&M Curator, Moira Lindsay, said: “This exhibition aims to encourage visitors to reflect and engage contributing their own experiences of treatment processes. As it deals with an almost universal theme, the aim is to move, challenge and unsettle the audience but importantly it aims to bring together and learn from those suffering with long term conditions and illnesses.“
The exhibition is a partnership project between award winning artist, Euan Gray, and Dr Daniel Whistler, from the University’s Centre for Health, Arts and Science.
A series of public reflective workshops will accompany the exhibition bringing together academics, health professionals, patients and students to consider theoretical questions provoked by the exhibition.
Phantom Limb opens on Saturday July 9th and runs until Saturday December 3rd 2016. For more information, please visit http://vgm.liverpool.ac.uk/
We will be open for a preview evening until 8pm on Friday 8th July
Liverpool Biennial 2016 takes place from 9 July to 16 October 2016 and consists of four months of contemporary art, films, talks, tours, workshops across the city.