Exhibited first at Belfast Exposed
APRIL/MAY 2022, Seen to be Heard is a ground breaking work of artistry and activism driving a sea change in the way Secondary Breast Cancer is perceived in Northern Ireland. Through photography, film, education and advocacy, the project has become a platform for women standing in solidarity in the face of incredible adversity while at the same time campaigning for better Secondary Breast Cancer care and equality for future generations.
Focusing on empathy and understanding, photographer Jennifer Willis worked with 16 women to produce a body of work she describes as 'raw, powerful yet sensitive and revealing'. Because of this, building a trusting relationship with the women before lifting the camera was vital to ensure an authentic and respectful piece of work.
Jennifer continues to photograph women in the same position for future exhibition locations. The women in the project have become a support network for each other.
If you wish to see more of Jennifer's photography why not visit https://www.jenniferwillisphotography.com
Breast Cancer and Me
Seen to be Heard was invited to display a number of images as part of a group exhibition 'Breast Cancer and Me' organised by Nottingham Breast Cancer Research Centre during Breast Cancer Awareness Month October 2023
Three of the women from the project travelled with Jennifer to Nottingham for the opening event where they again saw the power and the impact of the images.
As part of the Dublin City Inclusivity week Seen to be Heard was invited to display the full Exhibition in the Atrium of Dublin Civic Centre for three weeks. Indeed Inclusivity week was launched from the Exhibition space in the Atrium at which both Jennifer and Cheryl spoke to an invited audience and to the press.
Seen to be Heard was again invited to show the full exhibition in the beautiful gallery space at Strule Arts Centre during January 2022. This was a wonderful opportunity for us to bring the exhibition, raise awareness and connect to people in the west of Northern Ireland. As always the exhibition was exceptionally well received. Engagement from local politicians and in particular the press was very encouraging.
The exhibition was followed up a few weeks later with a panel discussion where many issues were raised and discussed.
This is a very important part of what we do.
Northern Ireland artist, Francis McCrory, has generously offered us full use of his gallery in Forestside Shopping Centre, Belfast. This is an incredible opportunity to Exhibit and to raise awareness of
Secondary Breast Cancer in a very public setting.
Opening night will be Thursday, March 30th,
and we will run through to April 17th.
Thank you so much to Forestside Shopping Centre who will be supporting our event and especially to Francis who is handing over his gallery to us for the 3 week period.
Again by invitation, following Jennifer's successful Irish Photographic Federation Fellowship Distinction, Seen to be Heard has been offered the Dublin Camera Club's fantastic exhibition space.
Opening on 6th May and running for 6 weeks this is again a fantastic opportunity to display the exhibition and connect with a new demographic. Jennifer has done many talks to camera clubs across Ireland and the response is always incredible.