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This Is Not Me – ‘Something I can’t remember has done something I can’t see and made me someone I don’t know’

Acquired Brain Injury for London (ABIL) and St Paul’s Cathedral are hosting a month long exhibition of artworks from the unique perspective of people with acquired brain injuries from 26 January – 26 February. The exhibition portrays the reality of living with an acquired brain injury and challenges the perceptions of this ‘hidden injury’.

‘This Is Not Me’ portrays the fractured reality of ‘losing’ your identity and the transformative process of piecing together a new self following an acquired brain injury.

Experiencing a brain injury creates many more questions as survivors learn to come to terms with changes in their lives, sometimes having to ‘get to know’ themselves and their place in society all over again.

The experience of those who have survived brain injury provides a unique lens on the universal themes of alienation, trauma, loss, identity and acceptance.

Artwork has been curated from numerous organisations that work with and support those with ABI and will be displayed in the Minor Canon’s Aisle.

66 pieces of art were submitted from which 22 were selected for exhibition by a judging panel whose members were:

  • Sarah Eynstone – Chaplain, St Paul’s Cathedral
  • Tony Hart – Head of Client Support/Vocational Rehabilitation, The QEF Brain Injury Centre
  • Pim Baxter – Deputy Director at the National Portrait Gallery and Lay Cannon of St Paul’s Cathedral