Raising awareness of chronic conditions and bringing hope to sufferers is the aim of Albury photographer Tyler Grace, when he presents his exhibition at the Dubbo Charles Sturt University campus in August.
The 25-year-old’s exhibition is titled ‘The Chronic Diaries’ and explores his story of being chronically ill.
The 19 self-portrait images range from black and white, to blue tone texture and nature.
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As well as telling his personal experience, Tyler hopes the exhibition can give people a better understanding.
“And for those that do suffer with chronic illness know that they’re not alone,” he said.
“While it’s dark (the photos) there is still hope in the exhibition.”
CSU nursing lecturer and researcher Associate Professor Rachel Rossiter in the CSU School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health will be the guest speaker at the exhibition’s official opening night.
“This ongoing photographic self-portrait series takes the viewer inside the often unbearable world experienced by him, as well as many others who experience chronic illness,” Professor Rossiter said, who is also undertaking research for Parkinson’s NSW.
And for those that do suffer with chronic illness know that they’re not alone.Tyler Grace
The Chronic Diaries was first picked up as a solo exhibition at the Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA) last year.
Tyler then toured it to the Sydney Fringe Festival a few months later where it won a Critics’ Pick Fringe Festival Award.
Tyler said creating the exhibition has been a crazy process, which has taken approximately three years to complete.
“My whole life is photography at the moment,” he said.
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This iteration of the exhibition at Dubbo is to raise awareness for Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, just some of the illnesses Tyler suffers.
“My images are dark and confronting, but I find that they create conversation, which I believe is important with my kind of work, as creating conversation leads to more awareness, which I hope leads to action to help or fix the issues that I raise in my imagery,” he said.
The exhibition will run at the Dubbo CSU campus from Wednesday, August 1 to Friday, September 21.
Opening hours to see the exhibition will be from 9am to 5pm with outside hours available by appointment.
It is a free event.
The official opening night will be held on Wednesday, August 1 from 6pm to 8pm. The wider community is invited to attend.