To really see: Exploring the medication taking experience through art

A new Art@Bio-Med Exhibit

“This is the first painting of five part series that is progress. It represents the depression I had felt early in recovery from a mental illness breakdown…medication for me has made a huge difference in my day to day living.” - Kandace Krause, Me Before
Kandace Krause, Me Before

The Bio-Medical Library is excited to announce the latest installment in its rotating Art@Bio-Med exhibit series: To really see: Exploring the medication taking experience through art, presented by Avivo ArtWorks.  

Exhibit details

What: To really see: Exploring the medication taking experience through art
When:  January 2 – April 30, 2018
Where: Bio-Medical Library, 2nd floor, Diehl Hall

Artists reception to be held at the Bio-Medical Library February 1, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. with a presentation starting at 6:00 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

About the exhibit

To Really See uses art to help individuals tell their stories about taking medication and how medications have impacted their lives. The exhibit works to raise awareness and challenge stigma related to the medication-taking experience.

The exhibition features artwork selected from collective group of artists supported by Avivo ArtWorks, artwork from artists across the state of Minnesota, and artwork created during Photovoice participatory art workshops, led by Professor Paul Ranelli at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy and Avivo ArtWorks Coordinator, Jes Reyes.

The pill balances on the tip of the tongue but does not enter, illustrating that while the physical act of taking medication is easy, it is often psychologically challenging.” - Sam Larom, Pill, Oil on Canvas
Sam Larom, Pill, Oil on Canvas

“It’s a way to make education about medicines more thought provoking for viewers, including health professionals and the public,” says Ranelli about the importance of the exhibit. “The aim is to tell stories about health issues, focusing on medicines.” 

The exhibit is an expansion of Ranelli’s work at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy and his personal interest in using photography as a medium to illustrate how medications impact patients’ lives. It was an approach that fit perfectly with Avivo ArtWork’s goal of using art to challenge stigma and raise mental health awareness.

”The exhibition will increase social awareness about medicines and the medication-taking experience,” says Ranelli. “Art will help us To Really See.”

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