We anchor our memories with objects. By creating an open platform for connections to form between our individual stories, and letting each person use objects to express a fragment of past/present personal account of mental ill health and recovery, we hope to create a collective message that transcends barriers between people, and challenges the stigma surrounding mental health.
1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem in any given year. However, although there is an increase in awareness of mental health, there is still a lack of understanding about the issue. Many stories are untold, hidden, or suppressed.
Soul Relics is a gallery of photos of objects and personal stories that are related to:
(1) A difficult time of one’s lives (ie. A period of mental ill health); and/ or
(2) Something that helped one work towards recovery.
That object can be anything of personal significance, or/and represent institutional barriers to mental health care, etc.
Ultimately, we hope the platform will capture both unique experiences and common themes. We wish to provide a new way for people to tell and understand others’ stories.
If you are interested in sharing your object and/or story (anonymous or not) please submit it via the google form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd4fGG_F2-Urnux9Y98maTAa4n88mneGTNdtAAURGmsVk7TKg/viewform
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.
For more information and to RSVP please go here –
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
Please support the BDD Foundation and Delta Lima. Track is available for purchase on iTunes.
Official Music Video: Inside by Delta Lima
Hall of Mirrors is a short drama/comedy film (15 mins approx.) focusing on an important day in the life of Basil. Basil is a sufferer of Body Dysmorphic Disorder and has come to the point in his life where he no longer leaves the house. He drinks and hurts himself to deal with the noise in his head and isolates himself from people close to him.
This day, his foster-brother, Henry, a tough-minded go-getter, comes knocking at his door. He delivers the news that their mother’s health is severely deteriorating. Unwilling to leave the house, Henry barges his way in and takes Basil on a road-trip up the country to see their mother. Their relationship is tested as Henry is unable to understand Basil’s volatile behaviour. This lead’s Basil to open up and reveal his struggles to the person closest to him.
For more information on this film, the motivation behind it, and the team behind the camera, please visit the official Kickstarter page: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/andrewkoji/hall-of-mirrors
This project will only be funded if at least £2,000 is pledged by Monday 30 November 2015.
Please help if you can. Thank you.
Please be aware that while the Foundation wholeheartedly supports this project, and all expressions of personal experiences of BDD in any art form, the film is produced independently of The BDDF. All credit goes to the producers.
Updates to follow.
Message from the Hall of Mirrors team (originally posted on Kickstarter).
We are down to the final days of our campaign. We’ve had an amazing support so far, doubling our initial goal. Because of this we are able to get the post-production done to a much higher standard than we originally had aimed for. We’d just like to thank you all again for your amazing support and donations. We couldn’t have come this far without your help and are doing everything possible to make this film the best it can be.
Currently we have shot the majority of the film and it is now in the edit. Once the edit is complete we are then planning to get the film colour-graded and sound designed professionally. We have also got a composer on board.
We will be releasing more content even after the end of the campaign and will keep updating you on every stage.
Thank you all again. We cannot wait for you to see “Hall Of Mirrors”.
Hall Of Mirrors Team
Congratulations to all involved. We can’t wait to see it either!
We’re delighted to say that the funding goal has been reached well ahead of the deadline. The majority of the principal photography is completed and because of the overwhelming response the production team are now able to afford a better post production, giving the film even more polish and shine through colour grading and music etc. Please keep sharing, supporting and spreading the word so that the team can give the film the best post-production treatment they can.
To read more about this amazing project and to hear from those behind it please visit the following link: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/andrewkoji/hall-of-mirrors/posts/1414110
Watch Liz’s talk here
Liz Atkin is a visual artist based in London. Physicality underpins a creative practice with her skin as a primary source for corporeal artwork and imaginative transformation. Compulsive Skin Picking dominated her life for more than 20 years, but through a background in dance and theatre, she confronted the condition to harness creative repair and recovery. She creates intimate artworks, photographs and performances exploring the body-focused repetitive behaviour of skin picking. Liz has exhibited and performed her work in therapuetic settings, galleries and venues in the UK, Australia, USA and Japan.
Are you worried about how you look? How much time per day do you spend thinking about how you look? What part of your body do you want to change? Do you think you are not thin enough? Has the way you look affected your life?
My name is Leigh de Vries and I have a condition called Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD).
BDD is a disabling preoccupation with perceived defects or flaws in ones appearance.
As a life time sufferer of BDD I have always believed myself to be severely deformed. In Dec 2014 I collaborated with make-up artist Shaune Harrison who created a prosthetic tumour that covered one side of my face, giving birth to the monster I perceived myself to be.
Accompanied by cameramen with hidden cameras, we spent a day filming, travelling on public transport and walking the streets, documenting my feelings of isolation and people’s reaction to my grotesque appearance.
Based on my personal experience of BDD I want to educate people about the condition, as well as reach a wider audience of professionals.
In addition to raising awareness I hope that my own exposure might help other sufferers to recognise and get help for this little-known and often misunderstood condition.
On a personal level, the project to date has been extremely helpful in my own recovery. It gave me something to focus on. Knowing that I had the potential to help other people in the process has brought me allot of joy.
** The piece is currently shown as a short film. I am very excited to announce that it will be included at the BDD Foundation Conference in London on the 30th May 2015.