Leading NHS eye hospital, Moorfields Eye Hospital, has collaborated with Open Senses, a London-based Art Festival, and national disability charity Sense to showcase the work of Marcus Inniss, a deafblind artist who uses design and photographic art to depict life with sight loss.
The exhibition is open to the public from 10am-5pm in the optometry corridor at Moorfields Eye Hospital at City Road. Marcus was joined by Dr Mariya Moosajee, consultant ophthalmologist and chair of the Moorfields arts committee, and Kara Jarrold, Head of Arts & Wellbeing at Sense, for the launch of the exhibition.
Speaking about the inspiration for his work, Marcus said:
“Since my diagnosis with Usher syndrome in 2003 at Moorfields Eye Hospital, I have been very interested in organising an exhibition exploring the condition. The idea was always to create an exhibit allowing individuals to get a glimpse into the lives of those with Usher syndrome.”
Usher syndrome is a genetic condition which affects vision and hearing. Vision loss caused by Usher syndrome is due to a condition called retinitis pigmentosa, which affects the retina’s ability to respond to light and leads to a gradual progressive loss of vision. It can affect the peripheral (side) vision which makes it harder to see in dim light or the dark, and central vision, which causes difficulty with detailed activities such as reading or watching television.
“There have been many instances where I have had to explain that I have Usher syndrome and often people would comment how I didn’t look visually impaired. My work is about breaking down stigma and stereotypes for a more inclusive world; empowering disabled people, while at the same time, offering an insight and a better understanding of eye conditions such as Usher syndrome.”
Head of Arts & Wellbeing at Sense, Kara Jarrold, said:
“Marcus has produced a deeply personal and thought-provoking exhibition on his experience of Usher Syndrome. Drawing on his skills in creative design and communication he allows the viewer to contemplate visual impairment and inspires us to see the artistic difference and beauty that comes from his own way of seeing. It’s great that Moorfield’s are supporting this work and we’d love to continue to showcase more artists with visual impairment in the future.”
Photographers Lukas Kay and Errin Yesilkaya collaborated with Marcus to support him in delivering his vision.
The exhibition is free to attend and will be displayed for the next three months. For more information see the Moorfields Eye Hospital website.
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