Exhibition - Encephalitis: time to understand, London, from Dec 12, 2016 to Jan 5, 2017.
How many people know about encephalitis? Probably not that many. It is relatively unknown in the public sphere and, because its complexity, requires a multidisciplinary collaboration for eff ective diagnosis and treatment. "So far we have reached about 20 million people since the launch of World Encephalitis Day (WED) in 2014, but we need to reach more", Ava Easton (Chief Executive of The Encephalitis Society, North Yorkshire, UK) announced at the press launch of #ShowYouKnow exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, London, UK. For WED 2017 on February 22, the Society plan to light up monuments and buildings in the UK to promote their #Red4WED campaign. Awareness is the fi rst step to a better understanding of how encephalitis can devastate lives. #ShowYouKnow off ers a platform to express the indescribable through artistic channels. The exhibition presents a collection of shortlisted competition entries submitted by anyone aff ected by the condition, often referred to as a silent disease because of its public invisibility. There are three categories: fi lm, digital, and photography-off ering those aff ected the chance to "tell the world what they thought they needed to know", explains Easton. She told her team she wanted more than 65 entries. "Why did I come up with this random number? Because every year the American Academy of Neurology hosts a fi lm festival inviting entries from those aff ected by brain disease. Last year they received 65. I wanted us to smash that, and we did! We had more than 80 entries." So, what can we expect from this exhibition, housed in the education centre of the Saatchi Gallery?