TalkSeePhotography June 2016

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©Margaret Mitchell. From the series ‘Secondary Stigmas’

For the TSP June event we are delighted to announce that photographer Margaret Mitchell and Historian Rachel Hewitt GCU will be presenting their work in regards to the exhibition Beyond Epilepsy. The session will be chaired by Dr Hanna Tweed GU.
Mitchell is showing her work on epilepsy and will use this as a springboard to speak about her practice. She will discuss (printed) media representation, stigma and myth within a broader context of photographic representation of disability, weaving between experiential and objective observations. This will be framed within a narrative of responsibility in representation in photographic practice and how her work in disability arts has informed her practice in general.

Rachel Hewitt will provide a broad range reading of the history of representation of Epilepsy. Contextualising the ideas behind the exhibition she will speak about the general intentions with the show and how it has come together.

After a discussion Dr Tweed will open up to questions and concerns from the audience. We are very happy to have the opportunity to run an event alongside a hanging current exhibition as this provides an exceptional opportunity to do research into the subject matter of the event.

This event is an opportunity to discuss a hanging exhibition at CCA to raise current and longstanding concerns and questions around representation.


Margaret Mitchell’s photographic practice is rooted in her overarching interest in people and their stories. She has also worked extensively in both disability arts and community based arts practice, employing a range of photographic styles, including self-portraiture, as socio-political commentary. Mitchell’s work has been exhibited widely, including at the European Parliament and the National Portrait Gallery. Margaret is based in Glasgow, Scotland. Website:

Rachel Hewitt is a graduate student at Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare, Graduate Student, Glasgow Caledonian University. She is the project manager of Beyond Epilepsy.

Hannah Tweed Works at Glasgow University the School of Critical Studies. Her research interests centre on representations of disabilities and impairments in popular culture. She is one of the core organises of Discourses of Care: Care in Media, Medicine and Society, 5th-7th Sept. 2016, University of Glasgow. Conference with Karen Lury, and Amy Holdsworth.