Refocusing The Lens – Scattered dreams

PHOTOVOICE is an engagement and empowerment strategy that uses photography as a tool for social change. It gives any group the opportunity to record, reflect on, and critique personal and community issues in a creative way.

The aim of this project is to motivate participants to be actively involved in decisions that affect their own lives, while decreasing stigma and broadening understanding of their personal struggles. The resulting exhibit, REFOCUSING THE LENS, features the work of five participants who have documented their personal experiences with mental health, eager to represent them to the outside world.

Scattered dreams, By Aidan

Artist’s Statement

Gambling is and has been an inherent part of my life. Whether it can be blamed on genetics (my Grandfather was an avid gambler and actually won the second top prize in Lotto Super 7), addiction, or a way to reduce boredom and depression has yet to be determined. Gambling addiction is a serious problem that affects about 3% of Canadians and can be a leading cause of depression, other mental health issues, and suicide. Gambling and mental health are tightly intertwined. There are high highs and low lows. Winning $2000 is a definite high while losing all of your ProLine tickets is a definite low. It’s hard to let go of something that brings you a sense of success. These ripped tickets represent the scattered dreams of winning a big one. Gambling is an ongoing battle with no end in sight. Losing sucks…

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