The Shape of Illness
A research and arts project to analyse the psychological impact of cancer-related images on Instagram. Patients and family were surveyed on a series of photographs previously analysed for content. The resulting plates reflect the images that we associate with cancer. For patients and their close ones, social media is a source of information and a window into an experience of illness that is not always representative of theirs. As we advance in the research of the causes of cancer and the opportunities to address them in the future, we must keep sight of the emotional well-being of patients today. Psychological support and social media campaigns aligned with the experience of patients are two ways towards a conscious portrayal of illness.
Hannah Beatrice • Sandro Georgi • Aaron Guy Leroux • Miguel Varela • Luke Watson • Tobias Wilkinson •