The exhibition aims to raise awareness and mobilize support for the partnerships and programs working to rebuild the lives of women living with and recovering from obstetric fistula. Obstetric fistula is caused by obstructed labor without access to timely, high quality medical care, leading to chronic incontinence.

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Kupona Contact: Alexandra Cairns | 201.455.1241 | alexandra@kuponafoundation.org

Kupona Foundation & partners use art to spotlight a critical global health challenge

New York University’s Kimmel Galleries is pleased to present ‘Drawing Out Obstetric Fistula’ an exhibition of work by Jac Saorsa, in partnership with Kupona Foundation. Opening today, May 23rd, International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, the work will be on display through July 4, 2016.  The Kimmel Galleries are located on the 8th floor at 60 Washington Square South, NYC.  [Subways A,C,E,B,D,F,M to West 4th Street; 6 to Astor Place; R to 8th Street]. The exhibition is free and open to the public. For more information please visit this link.

The exhibition aims to raise awareness and mobilize support for the partnerships and programs working to rebuild the lives of women living with and recovering from obstetric fistula. Obstetric fistula is caused by obstructed labor without access to timely, high quality medical care, leading to chronic incontinence. In 90% of cases, the baby does not survive the traumatic delivery. It is a debilitating injury that affects 2 million women worldwide. Fistula is both treatable and preventable through improved access to essential surgery and high quality maternal healthcare.

“The first time I met a woman recovering from fistula, I was faced with a reality I had been sheltered from for far too long,” said Abbey Kocan, Kupona Foundation’s Executive Director.  “While the level of awareness around this condition in the U.S. is growing, there is still a lot of work to be done to give this critical global health challenge a permanent place in the spotlight. We hope these drawings will open people’s eyes not only to the reality facing women living with fistula, but also to the opportunity facing every one of us to change the status quo.”

Artist Jac Saorsa developed the collection following two trips to Kupona’s sister organization in Tanzania. She hosted art workshops with women as part of their psychosocial recovery and was inspired to develop work that examined the physical and emotional ramifications of the condition. A portion of funds raised as part of the exhibition and associated events will support the coordinated treatment and prevention of obstetric fistula in Tanzania.

This exhibition is supported by Johnson & Johnson, Fistula Foundation, New York University Kimmel Center for University Life, New York University College of Global Public Health, and UNFPA’s Campaign to End Fistula.

 

About Kupona Foundation: Kupona Foundation is a NY based nonprofit committed to empowering people and communities living in poverty in Tanzania by improving their access to high quality healthcare. Kupona’s sister organization, CCBRT, is one of the largest providers of fistula treatment in the world. Since 2009, Kupona has mobilized over $1.3 million for the treatment and prevention of obstetric fistula in Tanzania, restoring dignity to thousands of women. Twitter: @KuponaFdn.

About the Kimmel Galleries: Established in 2003, Kimmel Galleries are dedicated to providing visually dynamic and thought-provoking exhibitions. They are free and open to the public. For more information on tours, the artists or price inquiries, please contact the Curator, Pamela Jean Tinnen, at 212 298 4950, or pamela.jean.tinnen@nyu.edu.

Past exhibitions include: Patterns of Interest: photography by Stephen Mallon; HOUSE: HOME; Field Season: records, wandering perspectives, side notes, a selection of photographs from Abydos, by Greg Maka, Amanda Kirkpatrick and Gus Gusciora; Preconceived Notions; and Perspectives: A photography exhibit about traveling and living in our world; DITTO: WORKS IN BLUE, Shira Toren, among others.

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