An art exhibition featuring photographic portraits and compelling stories of kidney patients has launched online, after the COVID-19 pandemic temporarily stalled its tour of public galleries and exhibition spaces across the UK.
Survivors Life-Unfiltered is a joint creative project by award-winning photographer and director Richard Booth, and kidney patient advocate Maddy Warren. It is jointly funded by Kidney Research UK. Originally intended to be launched for World Kidney Day in mid-March, the exhibition is designed to educate and raise awareness of chronic kidney disease and how it affects people by highlighting inspiring stories of survival.
It features over 30 participants, from two to 78 years old, who come from all walks of life, including former Premiership footballer and Kidney Research UK ambassador Andy Cole, who is a kidney patient and founder of the Andy Cole Fund.
Each person or family has been photographed in two settings to show how their outward facing daily lives contrast starkly with the realities of their condition. Surviving with kidney disease requires an enormous investment of time for the rest of people’s lives – time spent each week on dialysis, time spent waiting for a kidney and (if they are lucky) time spent looking after their transplant(s), with many associated complexities.