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Mary Ellen Oxby

When: July 8-13 2013

Photographer and recent NSCAD grad Mary Ellen Oxby was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder Type I nearly five years ago. She's turned her experiences into *Seroquel*, a series about psychosis named after a medication “known only to a select few,” she says. (“High doses or long-term use of Seroquel can cause a serious movement disorder that may not be reversible,” notes drugs.com.) “This challenges the viewer to consider *why* there is a lack of knowledge and understanding surrounding mental illness in comparison to others, and how this aids to the stigmatization of neurosis.” The exhibition also comes from an actively feminist, contemporary pop culture angle, says Oxby, "how the feminization of neurosis is sensationalized."  —Tara Thorne

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