CullmanTimes.com - Cullman, Alabama

Health

December 20, 2012

Breast cancer photo projects on show at UAB Visual Arts Gallery

BIRMINGHAM — The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Visual Arts Gallery will present two powerful photographic projects on young women and breast cancer by fashion photographer David Jay Jan. 7-31, 2013.

“The SCAR Project: Breast Cancer Is Not a Pink Ribbon” is a series of large-scale portraits that puts a raw, unflinching face on young women and breast cancer, while paying tribute to the courage and spirit of the many brave young women fighting the disease. The women, ages 18-35, represent young women living with breast cancer today, an often overlooked group. They journeyed from across the United States and the world to be photographed for “The SCAR Project.” More than 100 women have been photographed. Many traveled to his studio in New York City. If they were too sick to travel, he went to them.

“The Alabama Project: The Civil Rights of Health Care” is a subset of “The SCAR Project.” In this project, Jay documents a group of young women in Alabama, all in their 20s, battling not only breast cancer but the health-care system itself. The photos depict the women’s experiences struggling with both cancer and a host of associated issues such as health care, finances, unemployment, child care and more. From hospital rooms to living rooms, Jay’s poignant images capture each woman’s faith, perseverance, and beauty. One woman is from Demopolis; the others are all from the Birmingham area.

The show is produced by UAB Associate Professor of English Cynthia Ryan, Ph.D., and UAB Visual Arts Gallery Interim Director John Thomas Fields, M.F.A. Ryan says Jay contacted her to interview the women of “The Alabama Project” and write about them. Ryan also wrote the text for the show’s catalog book, which will be available at the exhibit.

An opening reception will be held from 5-9 p.m., Friday, Jan. 11, at the gallery, 900 13th St. South. Private gallery tours with Jay will be available. “Baring It All,” the Emmy Award-winning documentary about “The SCAR Project,” will be shown throughout the exhibition. Call the gallery at 205-934-0815.

B-Metro magazine will feature an essay by Ryan and photos by Jay in its January issue, and magazines will be available to guests at the opening reception. For more information on “The SCAR Project,” visit www.thescarproject.org and www.thescarprojectblog.com online.

About the UAB Visual Arts Gallery

The UAB Visual Arts Gallery showcases both historical and contemporary artworks by local, regional, national and international artists. Its exhibitions highlight works by faculty and students, as well as emerging and established artists, in up to a dozen regularly changing shows that are always free and open to the public. The gallery is a space for artists to explore projects and ideas and experiment through public lectures, film screenings, visiting artist projects, multimedia events and performances. It is part of the UAB Department of Art and Art History in the UAB College of Arts and Sciences, home to academic disciplines that include the arts, humanities and sciences.

 

VIDEO: www.youtube.com/uabnews

TEXT: www.uab.edu/news

TWEETS: www.twitter.com/uabnews

1
Text Only
Health
  • Doctors to rate cost effectiveness of expensive cancer drugs

    The world's largest organization of cancer doctors plans to rate the cost effectiveness of expensive oncology drugs, and will urge physicians to use the ratings to discuss the costs with their patients.

    April 16, 2014

  • treadmill-very-fast.jpg Tax deduction for a gym membership?

    April marks another tax season when millions of Americans will deduct expenses related to home ownership, children and education from their annual tax bill. These deductions exist because of their perceived value to society; they encourage behaviors that keep the wheels of the economy turning. So why shouldn't the tax code be revised to reward preventive health?

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Boston doctors can now prescribe you a bike

    The City of Boston this week is rolling out a new program that's whimsically known as "Prescribe-a-Bike." Part medicine, part welfare, the initiative allows doctors at Boston Medical Center to write "prescriptions" for low-income patients to get yearlong memberships to Hubway, the city's bike-share system, for only $5.

    April 12, 2014

  • Fast, cheap test can help save lives of many babies

    As Easley did more research into her daughter's death, she learned that a pilot program had started just months earlier at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, Md. (Easley had delivered at a different hospital in the Washington area.) The program's goal was to screen every newborn with a simple pulse oximeter test that can help detect heart problems such as Veronica's, allowing doctors to respond.

    April 8, 2014

  • CEMS groundbreaking CEMS holds groundbreaking

    March 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Which foods are the worst for the environment?

    As with most arguments about our food supply, though, it's not that simple. Although beef is always climatically costly, pork or chicken can be a better choice than broccoli, calorie for calorie.

    March 15, 2014

  • ERIC-HOLDER.jpg Holder: Heroin deaths an 'urgent and growing public health crisis'

    Attorney General Eric Holder, calling the rise in deaths from overdoses of heroin and prescription painkillers an "urgent and growing public health crisis," is outlining a series of efforts by the Justice Department to combat the epidemic.

    March 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Study says too much protein could lead to early death

    Even as researchers warned of the health risks of high-protein diets in middle age, they said eating more protein actually could be a smart move for people over 65.

    March 4, 2014

  • Six reasons childhood obesity has fallen so much

    A major new paper appearing in Wednesday's edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association finds that childhood obesity - age 2 to 5 - has fallen from 13.9 percent in 2003-04 to 8.4 percent in 2011-12.

    February 27, 2014

  • Does your insurance plan cover self-inflicted injuries?

    Dealing with a suicide or attempted suicide is stressful enough. Some health plans make the experience worse by refusing to cover medical costs for injuries that are related to suicide or an attempt - even though experts say that in many cases such exclusions aren't permitted under federal law.

    February 26, 2014