Brian Lobel: Fun with Cancer Patients
Fun with Cancer Patients
Brian Lobel has drawn on his own experience of cancer treatment as a young adult to facilitate a series of ‘actions’ by Birmingham teenage cancer patients. These aactions are self-initiated, designed to be of value to the teenagers themselves in processing their experience of cancer. These actions took place following a workshop process over the summer of 2013. The exhibition presents the documentation of these activities, alongside reflections from medical professions.
Fierce Thoughts: I think this project’s power lies in how boldly it challenges the taboo around speaking about cancer. It also challenges the knowledge hierarchy that typically exists between patient and medical professionals. Brian argues those with cancer are experts in their own experience and that expertise should be valued, shared and acted upon.