Self-Portrait Without Breasts
4 October 2011
Chowen Lecture Theatre, BSMS Teaching Building
BSMS collaborated with poet Clare Best and photographer Laura Stevens to deliver a thought-provoking evening exploring the impact of a preventative double mastectomy.
Clare kept a journal through the process of decision-making, surgery and recovery. She also made plaster casts of her body and asked Laura Stevens to take before and after photographs.
Clare performed some of her poems alongside a display of Laura’s photographs.
The performance and display of photos, together with a discussion led by Dr James Mackay, Consultant Clinical Genetic Oncologist (University College London), was the pilot event for Clare's project.
Pighog Press are bringing out a pamphlet to accompany the performance/project. This publication will have ten of the poems, some of the photographs, as well as an article by Professor Gareth Evans, Consultant in Genetic Medicine, St Mary's Hospital Manchester.
For more information about the project, visit Clare's blog, selfportraitwithoutbreasts.wordpress.com.
Self-portrait without Breasts is included in Clare Best's debut poetry collection, Excisions, available now from Waterloo Press, www.waterloopress.co.uk.