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Photo BFA Thesis
Recovery Series - Photo/Illustration


During the BFA Exhibition, I had the opportunity to delve into the recovery process of my mother's battle with breast cancer. I used a combination of illustrations and multiple exposure analogue photography (using Holga), to depict the emotional and physical journey of breast cancer patients. In my research, I explored the significance of hair in the identity of women, and how it affects them when they lose it during chemotherapy. I also studied turn-of-century imagery of female symbolism and beauty to understand the evolution of societal beauty standards. Moreover, I delved into the side effects of taxol, a chemotherapy drug, to create a more comprehensive and sensitive portrayal of the hardships faced by breast cancer patients.