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Professor Seeks Cancer Survivors for Multimedia Exhibition
Newhouse School Professor Tula Goenka and Syracuse photographer Cindy Bell are looking for survivors and fighters to participate in the “Look Now: Facing Breast Cancer” multimedia exhibition at Syracuse University’s Point of Contact Gallery in October.
The Look Now team is currently looking for Central New York breast cancer survivors willing to be photographed for a portrait with clothes on (public persona), juxtaposed with a close-up of their bare chest (private struggle). Survivors can also participate anonymously by having only a close-up of their bare chest photographed with no name or other information attached.
The goal is to share stories of breast cancer survivors in their own voice, create awareness and provide support. The project also aims to address the human rights aspect of access to health care, and how differences in income, race, ethnicity and geographic location can impact diagnosis, treatment and survival.
Any Central New York resident who has been diagnosed and treated for breast cancer is encouraged to participate in photography sessions happening right now in Syracuse.
Those interested can contact Professor Tula Goenka at 315-657-1680 or Research Assistant Gina Gayle at 646-245-1241, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Look Now multimedia project aims to break down the barrier between a survivor’s public persona and their private struggles with the disease. The project was started by Tula Goenka, who is a breast cancer survivor. She is also a filmmaker, author, human rights activist and professor at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Cindy Bell, a Syracuse photographer, is creating the portraits.
The next phase of the “Look Now: Facing Breast Cancer Project” will include a website featuring images; provide support and list resources; be an artistic testament to living well after the disease; and above all, empower the people who participate.