In Your Own Skin is an antidote to human separation. Katheryn Trenshaw reveals our most powerful secrets in photographic autobiographies on skin and turns these portraits into a powerful medium for change.
Katheryn has been travelling around the globe for the last few years like a peripatetic social anthropologist treasure hunter collecting stories, footage and photographs of strangers in response to the question: What is true of you but not obvious to strangers?" Through a face, a look or body language we believe we can tell all sorts of things about another person. It is almost second nature to us to project all kinds of ideas about who people are and what they are about. Although these external observations may contain some truth, much can be missed.
Katheryn interviews each person and invites the sitter to allow the answer to be painted onto their skin. The result is as fascinating as it is unexpected. That which was hidden is revealed through interview and autobiographies on skin in this book which is a part of the In Your Own Skin multi-media project bridging the worlds of art, community, poetry & body. These 54 colour photo portraits and stories of people from over 40 countries of origin, from USA to UK, Mexico to Morocco, Sweden to Switzerland, have shared their intimate secrets, revealing a living transformative story in a world searching for hope, wisdom and resilience. When all is said and done, and our secrets are out, love is what remains. What would YOU share?
We invite you to join us for this 35 minute performance piece which provides insight into one woman’s encounter with cancer (the big C), and addresses these questions:
We all know we are going to die. But do we really believe it?
Could a sudden brush with mortality bring us closer to life and love?
“I laughed and cried and learned so much. I caught a glimpse from the inside of the ‘living well with cancer’ life. This is a must see for everyone.”
-Peter Scott-Choir Director
“Helpful to understand better anyone who’s dealing with cancer. Truthful and celebratory of life in the midst of challenges.”
-Agata krajewska, Theatre of Awakening director
"As confronting the taboo of death becomes increasingly necessary at both macro and micro levels -- from being in the 6th mass extinction to 1 in 2 of us getting cancer -- we are seeing the rise of death cafes and books on conscious dying. Katheryn Trenshaw's witty, provocative and moving piece contributes to this growing dialogue 'Dying to Live... by the Numbers' speaks to the zeitgeist of our time."
-Kanada Elizabeth Gorla, leadership & transformational change coach