These are the words of Loughborough University PhD student Rachel Gadsden, a multi-award-winning visual and performance artist living with a visual impairment.
Rachel is one of the stars of the Roche Pharmaceuticals Change Maker Sight Loss Global Campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the impact of vision loss on daily life.
Using art as a creative vehicle, Rachel, Dave Steele, and Baluji Shrivastav, OBE – two other talented artists living with vision impairment – come together to create an audio-visual performance including poetry, painting, and music. The video of this piece can be viewed above.
The music was composed, performed, and directed by Baluji Shrivastav, OBE, with the Inner Vision Orchestra. The performance expresses the impact of vision loss on people’s lives – the common experiences, the emotions felt and the courageous, persistent human response to overcoming the challenges faced.