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NOW SHOWING: A MIND BEGINNING TO KNOW ITSELF

Current Australian statistics note that around one million Australian adults currently live with Depression, and over two million have an Anxiety condition. Although increasing numbers of Australians diagnosed with Depression take affirmative action by seeking further information and support, the extent of those currently facing an experience of Depression remains concerning. Current estimates indicate that one in five Australian women and one in eight men will experience Depression at some point. Although the best ways to treat and prevent Depression are far from unanimous, general acceptance today that Depression is understood as a bio-psycho-social disorder – one which recognises that biological, psychological and social factors are all interconnected in the causation, development and treatment - has significantly enhanced individualised approaches to treatment and recovery. 

A mind beginning to know itself represents both past and present interpretations and expressions of Depression using works from the Cunningham Dax Collection. An opportunity to showcase new additions to the Cunningham Dax Collection, such as Elizabeth Turnbull’s ceramics series Faces of 1982, and Petra White’s poem Magnolia Tree, the exhibition explores an illness where our understanding of its causes, symptoms and treatments continue to evolve. What relationship expressions of grief, sorrow or loss have to clinically diagnosed Depression is but one question that arises from considering these artworks, and illustrates how comorbidity continues to complicate diagnosis and treatment. Investigating how personal expressions of Depression can allow the broader community to further appreciate the breadth of experience that occurs alongside, A mind beginning to know itself also illustrates that for many, the use of art can become a therapeutic practice that can assist with recovery.

A mind beginning to know itself runs from 11th November 2015 - 1st April 2016. For more information, please visit www.daxcentre.org
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