How Art Helps Survivors of Brain Injury

“Making Faces,” an exhibition of work by artists who have suffered a traumatic brain injury, is running at the Southbank Centre in London, England, this month.

The Guardian has a gallery of some of the most powerful works featured in the exhibition.

One of the works was created by Chris Miller, 65, a retired teacher who suffered a brain injury after having a tumor removed seven years ago. “Art has helped me to tell my story, and to feel positive about myself,” he says. “It’s provided a way to talk to my friends about what happened to me. It’s also the perfect excuse to practice using my right hand again. My pictures are part of my history. It’s created a focus for my life.”

Survivors of brain injury often experience both physical and cognitive changes. Recovery might require addressing difficult feelings of loss and isolation. But it can also mean the discovery of new talents and skills, such as those on display in this exhibition.

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