Reclaiming the Body

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Join us for a screening of A Different Kind of Different, with illustrated talks by leading academics, artists, curators & writers.

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Reclaiming the Body is the third and final instalment in a series of online events that mark the release of A Different Kind of Different, an animated short film by Jordan Baseman that charts the psychological impact of breast cancer. Reflecting on the initial ordeal of loss, the film reveals a journey to acceptance via the liberation of – “holy fucking crap!” - mastectomy tattoos.

The final event in this series will look at physical declarations of intent that signify the reclamation of a changed body or self. Alongside a screening of the film, presentations drawing on the speakers' specialisms and lived experiences will examine these deeply personal acts of defiance.

Speakers include internationally acclaimed artist and filmmaker Mania Akbari; Dr Gemma Angel, an interdisciplinary scholar specialising in the history and anthropology of the European tattoo; Anees Chagpar, Professor of Surgery (Oncology) at Yale School of Medicine; and visual artist John Walter. Presentations will be followed by a panel discussion featuring the artist which will be moderated by art historian, writer and curator Gemma Blackshaw.

About the project

A Different Kind of Different is an animated short film by Jordan Baseman that charts the psychological impact of breast cancer. Featuring a cast of hand-drawn characters, the film’s narrative follows protagonist, Alicia (voiced by an actor). Her story is based on interviews with people who have chosen to wear mastectomy tattoos, and on conversations with scientists and academics.

With both candour and humour, Alicia reflects on life after breast cancer; from the hatred she feels towards her body, to her declaration that her post-chemo hair means she resembles Justin Timberlake (“are you fucking kidding me?”). She recounts the jolt of medical menopause, her rejection of breast reconstruction, followed by her encounter with mastectomy tattoos, and finally the realisation of her own joyful inking.

Other events in the series

Living with Trauma, Thursday 14 January 2021, 7-8.30pm

Control/Consent/Agency, Thursday 21 January, 7-8.30pm

Content and trigger warning

We acknowledge and understand that everyone's experience of cancer is different. The film contains depictions of emotional and psychological trauma following breast cancer treatment and surgery which some may find distressing. Several speakers have lived experience of cancer and trauma and this may be explored in personal detail during presentations and subsequent discussions.

The film also contains strong language.


The event will include an introduction to the project by Jordan Baseman, a live screening of the film and ten-minute presentations from each speaker, followed by a moderated discussion and questions from the audience. Questions can be submitted via an online submission form on the website during the event.

The event will last approximately 90 minutes and is being streamed globally. If you are joining us from outside the UK, please check your local live streaming time.


All events in this series will feature live-subtitling and live BSL-signing. The film will be screened with closed captions. A transcription will be available after the event upon request. If you are having trouble registering for an event or would like to discuss accessibility issues, you can contact us via email at


This online event is free but booking is required via Eventbrite.

The film was co-produced by Matt’s Gallery, London and Nerve Centre, Derry with executive production by Jacqui Davies. The original score is by award-winning sound artist and composer, DIE HEXEN.

A Different Kind of Different is funded by a Public Engagement Award from Wellcome, with additional support from Matt’s Gallery, the Royal College of Art, London, and the Nerve Centre, Derry. Matt’s Gallery is supported by Arts Council England.

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