What You Do Not See

What does it mean to live with a disability you cannot see?

This new exhibition brings together the work of seven UK-based contemporary visual artists illuminating what it’s like to live with a hidden disability.

The exhibition challenges assumptions of what people with differing abilities can (or can’t) do and to promote a more inclusive culture across Hounslow and beyond.

The artists included in this exhibition each use their personal stories to show what it’s really like to live with a hidden disability from different perspectives, including the social, physical and cultural impact on their day to day lives.

“I have been particularly interested in this exhibition from when it was first suggested. My initial thought was that it would be refreshing to see work from artists with a different perspective on disability.

I have been enlightened and fascinated to see the selected artworks. As an artist myself it is always interesting to see how other artists approach their work and express themselves.

The works in the exhibition are so strong, life affirming and personal. I am inspired by the sensitive way that the artists have used their experiences to produce their pieces.

It has been a pleasure and privilege to be part of the curating process.”

Christine, member of the project’s curatorial group

Explore the exhibition

This project deals with sensitive topics relating to disability and identity. It is intended for an 16+ audience.

Luca M. Damiani‘s text-based works show what it’s like to live with a debilitating hearing condition

Hannah Laycock uses photography to explore living with MS.

Lizzy Rose‘s video work tells her story of living with chronic nausea and Crohn’s Disease.

Christopher Samuel‘s project Unseen uses text and imagery to look at how disabled people access public spaces.

Dolly Sen‘s prescription works combine poetry and image that create a narrative of her experiences of health services.

Aminder Virdee‘s video work uses medical data and sound to create an immersive work dealing with neurodiversity.

Leo Wight uses photography to communicate his experiences of living with autism as a queer man.