Living with Cancer Graphic Memoir to be Exhibited at WAG

Winnipeg, Manitoba, October 24, 2017: Teva Harrison was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 37. To honour her inspiring story, the Winnipeg Art Gallery is pleased to feature drawings from her graphic novel. In-Between Days: A Memoir about Living with Cancer documents, through graphic illustration, what it means to live with the disease. The exhibition opens at the WAG November 11 and runs until January 13, 2018.

Harrison didn’t set out to write a book or be the subject of an exhibition. Upon her diagnosis, she turned to her sketch pad drawing her thoughts, feelings, and frustrations. From the sketches, the writer and painter started creating drawings chronicling her day-to-day life as a cancer patient. Fellow patients noticed her work and how they could help other people affected by serious diseases, and encouraged her to post her creations online. Weeks later the comics were running on The Walrus magazine website and a book publisher was contacting her.

Quick Facts
Teva Harrison: In-Between Days is curated by Dr. Stephen Borys, WAG Director & CEO, and is the first time Harrison’s illustrations are being showcased in an art gallery.
In-Between Days won the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize for Non-Fiction and was shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award for Non-Fiction and the Joe Shuster Award for Cartoonist/Auteur.
• Harrison is a Canadian Magazine Award and National Magazine Award finalist whose writing and/or comics have appeared in The Walrus, Huffington Post, The Globe and Mail, and more.
• She is a regular commentator on CBC Radio, in the Toronto Star, and The Globe and Mail.
• The WAG is Canada’s oldest civic art gallery and holds the largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art in the world.

Events
• Sunday, November 12, 2pm, hear artist Teva Harrison present a talk on In-Between Days: Using Expressive Arts to Cope with Advanced Cancer. Short Q&A to follow. Talk is FREE; admission applies to view exhibition. Presented in partnership with CancerCare Manitoba.

Quotes
In-Between Days is a powerful memoir and a moving depiction of living life with cancer. Teva Harrison is to be commended for her honesty, humour, and never-ending search for hope. Finding and experiencing hope is our wish for those who visit the exhibition.
—Dr. Stephen Borys, Director & CEO, WAG

I’m honoured to share my drawings at the WAG, my first exhibition and a dream come true! I’m inspired by the WAG’s commitment to fostering important conversations in the community and thrilled to be a part of increasing the conversation around metastatic breast cancer.
—Teva Harrison, In-Between Days visual artist and writer

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