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Living Loss: The Experience of Illness in Art is an exhibition of artworks on view in the Lewis Glucksman Gallery, University College Cork (UCC) from 23 November 2012 to 10 March 2013. The exhibiting artists are Cecily Brennan, Martin Creed, Terry Dennett, Damien Hirst, Laura Potter, Mary Rose O’Neill, The Project Twins, Paul Seawright, Jo Spence and Thomas Struth. The exhibition features supporting material from the Wellcome Collection and has been organised in association with the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre, UCC.

An illustrated exhibition guide will accompany the exhibition. Great achievements in modern medicine have enhanced our knowledge and treatment of many diseases, but understanding what it feels like to be sick requires more than technological advances and medical science. The facts of disease are objective and readily available, whereas illness is subjective, less accessible, difficult to teach, and sadly, often neglected.

Although the developed world has been relieved of many scourges, chronic illness is widespread and increasing in prevalence. Few are spared the experience of illness or can avoid being touched by it, either personally or because of the misfortune of a loved one. This exhibition presents different perspectives on the experience of illness, from the candid self-portraits of Jo Spence during her cancer treatment to the tender and compassionate portraits of patients by Cecily Brennan, through to the tongue-in-cheek pharmaceuticals invented by Damien Hirst.

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