The Chronic Diaries by Tyler Grace
Exploring the emotions and experiences of being a chronically ill child, teenager and adult, this ongoing conceptual photographic self-portrait series takes the viewer inside the often unbearable world experienced by the artist, as well as many others who experience chronic illness. This visual chronicle explores the seen and unseen impacts of both physical and mental illness, and specific themes include, but are not limited to chronic pain, isolation, anxiety and loss of identity.
Grace's aim for this exhibition is to not only tell his story, but for those stories to help those who don't suffer gain a small insight into what it can be like being chronically ill, and to help others that do suffer with the topics covered realise that they aren't alone, and that they can achieve their dreams despite their limitations.
The Chronic Diaries first opened at the Murray Art Museum in May 2017. It then toured to the Sydney Fringe Festival in September 2017, where out of over 350 shows that were held at the festival, it won one of the five "Critics Pick" awards given by the Fringe.
The opening event for the exhibition will be held on Friday the 17th of May from 6pm-9pm.
The second Melbourne show will be at the St Albans Community Center and Bowery Theatre from 6 September to 3 November.