AMA Journal of Ethics. August 2017, Volume 19, Number 8: 834-838.
Images of Healing and Learning
Performing Pain and Inflammation: Rendering the Invisible Visible
Three images explore an artist’s experience of living with rheumatoid arthritis.
Artwork and captions by Arseli Dokumaci, PhD
A pencil drawing on a white surface of someone’s upper body seen from the person’s own viewpoint as the person is standing up. The person’s arms and elbows are bent toward the person’s belly, as if the person is about to engage in an action.
A black-and-white drawing in which the body is split in half from the shoulders and the chest is transforming into steps.
A pencil drawing in which a woman’s back is mostly exposed and her legs disappear under a cluttered surface.
Arseli Dokumaci, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. She received her PhD in performance studies from Aberystwyth University in 2012 and completed a Fonds Québécois de Recherche sur la Société et la Culture postdoctoral fellowship at McGill University’s Department of Social Studies of Medicine in 2016. Her research interests include disability, daily living with chronic diseases, quality-of-life measures, everyday performances, affordances theory, and visual methods.
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