The photo-exhibition and the event
The exhibition and the engagement event was organised in collaboration with the participants who provided Periklis with invaluable feedback and it came into fruition after being funded by DMU’s #DMUEngage scheme which aims at engaging communities with academic research. The participants took the centre stage during the engagement event in the second day of the exhibition. Pre-recorded videos from participants who could not attend were shown and two participants, Liz and Janet, were physically present and shared with the public their perspectives.
Alex, a trans man from Canada, in his pre-recorded video shared that he felt that “…I thought I was the only trans man like me with MS. I came to realise that having your body as the enemy is the natural progression of life. When you get older, you’re going to go through many of the things that people with MS already go through.”
Kai Xavier, from the US, in his video talked about what he learned by participating in the project “… It’s not often someone asks you about your MS and listen as long as Periklis does. Participating in this project made me realise the unconditional love I have for my cats, my Buddhism, and my local LGBT community, and of course my music!”
Ann, a lesbian from the UK, in her own video shared that it was difficult for her to pinpoint exactly this merge of identities, but nevertheless she mentioned that “… We live in a place which is not the most diverse. So, in the past if I was walking down the street we probably wouldn’t hold hands, we probably walk next to each other. We don’t really give outward affection when we are in public; but now if we walk down the street we might hold hands, because I might fall over and my wife wont pull her hand away because she wants to make sure I’m okay!”.