About

This is a project that explores photography and chronic illness

Image description: Image of two people reflected in multiple mirrors of a piece of art
Image copyright: Donna McCormack

The project exhibition and live event will be run by Dr Donna McCormack (University of Surrey) and Dr Ingrid Young (University of Edinburgh).

Donna has lived with chronic illness from a young age, but in recent years this experience has come to impact on daily life in many unexpected and often unwanted ways. She took to the practice of photography with old film cameras in 2015, with a specific interest in how we capture how we move through the world without speaking of illness. Donna is also a medical humanities scholar, specialising in queer, postcolonial and biotechnologies in contemporary literature and film (particularly speculative fiction). She runs the project Transplant Imaginaries, where she is exploring how photography can help to reimagine bodies, health and illness in the context of organ transplantation. 

Ingrid is the primary carer for someone living with multiple chronic illnesses. She has an interest in queer photography, and the intersections of queer with chronic illness. She is also a medical sociologist with a background in history and an active interest in arts-based methods. Her work focuses on HIV, sexual and reproductive health and justice with LGBTQ+ and migrant communities in the UK. 

This project is part of the Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society’s Visualising Bodies programme in the UK Being Human Festival.