It really was beautiful series

Mind Over Matter was launched in London in October 2011
with a site-specific multidisciplinary installation at the Shoreditch Town Hall Gallery, a series of events, and launch of the 1st edition of the book.

The exhibition was overwhelmingly well received and provoked some great reviews and media coverage. Over 1000 visitors from London, other parts of the UK, and from abroad traveled to see it in its short run of only 11 days. The UK and international touring schedule of the project is at a research and planning stage.

Encouraged by the most heart warming visitors’ comments, we are working hard to make sure that the project is exhibited again and that it travels to as many places as possible. Please contact us if you would like to be kept informed about these plans.

With many thanks,

Ania Dabrowska and Bronwyn Parry


Comments & Feedback

This is an important show, multidisciplinary, beautiful and provocative - what Art & Science need
– Emer, London

An absolutely fantastic exhibition – beautifully presented, a great use of space. Such an impressive achievement, wonderfully sensitive and thought provoking.
– Stephen Washing, PhD Student – London

Congratulations – what a powerful body of work – an installation, a movie, a piece of theatre, full of intrigue and loss and life and death and the fragile existence that the human condition really is. Extraordinary characters you have introduced us to as well. Inspirational and very strong. The timing of music and image – the presence and absence of the haunting melodic motifs and quite an extraordinary loops of narration – pulling us along through a real life drama.
– Anonymous

I was powerfully moved by every aspect of the show. It provoked thought on many levels. You managed to balance the uncomfortable but universal subject of aging, whilst also conveying a wonderful sense of a lifespan and humanity. You were able to remain objective and neutral but also somehow deeply sensitive and respectful.

Your choice of space and the use use of the space were fabulous. The layers of time are reflected throughout and its labyrinthine quality evokes the confusion of Alzheimer’s and old age. The space carries the sound of the voices hauntingly. The photography established itself as central to the work but this is so much more than a photography show and deeply memorable.

– Laura Gould, London

The book is fantastic, down to the choice of font, paper and layout. I know I’m prone to crying when things get beautiful, but the book has me in tears at almost every page. The stories are told with truthfulness and elegance and I appreciate all the work that went into this. (…)
– Sally Hunter, Cambridge

I have finally had the chance to read your book and I’ve loved it. It is beautifully written and it takes the reader through an unprecedented journey, introducing him to such an important – though largely unknown - subject. I am very impressed by what you’ve managed to achieve - not only for all the difficulties you’ve had to go through, but most importantly for what it achieves: by the end of it one's perception of the brain as a somewhat repulsive organ has completely changed and the taboo is overcome (even the look of it!).

The idea of de-anonymising the brain donors in order to make the topic accessible to a wider audience is wonderful, and photography proves itself to be a powerful tool to highlight the relationship between remembering and forgetting which is central to it. Moreover, I am intrigued by the reluctance of the media and of governments to talk about neurological research, dementia, and the need to donate brain tissue. Having seen the statistics, I would expect it to be a public debate, not only for the sake of science, but also to challenge certain structures within the collective imaginary that prevent people from literally "thinking about their brains" (let alone giving them away...).

– Martina Gili, London