UCLA March 2 by Noted Artist Leigh de Vries and BDD Research Program Director Dr. Jamie FeusnerAs part of their Anorexia Awareness Week program, UCLA presents a very exciting and educational event, “Body Dysmorphic Disorder Explored,” that investigates the intersection of art and science, bringing together international, multidisciplinary artist Leigh de Vries and leading body dysmorphic expert Dr. Jamie Feusner, Professor-in-Residence in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, at the De Neve Auditorium on UCLA’s Westwood campus March 2 from 6-9pm.
Co programmed by two UCLA undergraduate groups – Active Minds and the Student Wellness Commission Body Image Task Force, the event will revolve around artist Leigh de Vries’s short film “Exposure: The Broken Reality Tunnel,” brief talks from each, and then a Q&A session around the urgent topics of Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) and eating disorders and how these disorders can intersect.
For more information on artist Leigh de Vries’s work and to RSVP for the event, please see http://mybrokenreality.com/. For media assistance or event attendance please contact Susan von Seggern on firstname.lastname@example.org or +1 213-840-0077.
UK artist, Leigh de Vries 1st solo exhibition in Los Angeles. UCLA presents a very exciting and educational event, “#MyBrokenReality – Understanding Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) and Eating Disorders,”. The event explores the intersection of art and science, bringing together international, multidisciplinary artist Leigh de Vries and leading body dysmorphic expert Dr. Jamie Feusner, Professor-in-Residence in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences.
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Co-programmed by Active Minds (UCLA Chapter) and UCLA Body Image Task Force
“When I first viewed this I literally experienced chills from how emotionally powerful and on-point it is. These are the voices of my patients over the past 12 years! The full video within the installation is longer and includes the spoken thoughts and feelings of several other people with BDD.
Leigh de Vries has honed in on a particular experience of those with BDD that leads to tremendous suffering and isolation: the extreme difficulty that friends and family have in understanding and empathizing with people with BDD, due to the fact that they look entirely normal or even attractive to them. She has applied her wonderful creativity and her personal experience with suffering from BDD to create a powerful (almost virtual reality-like) experiential piece to address this.”
– Jamie D. Feusner, M.D.
Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, Director, Adult OCD Program, Director, Eating Disorders and Body Dysmorphic Disorder Research Program, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA