Secondary Stigmas

secondary_stigmas_mmitchell02 The first stigma is the medical label and experience of an illness or condition. The 'secondary stigmas' are the ones that follow and are mostly socially enforced.

In the series Secondary Stigmas (Living-room Lessons) the room plays out the experience of an epilepsy diagnosis. Impact on employment, emigration, driving and medication side-effects are some of the issues covered.

The series dates from 1993 and was shown within disability arts environments as well as 'mainstream' galleries and locations, including the European Parliament. This work predates the Disability Discrimination Act (1995) and the latter Equality Act of 2010. What has changed with time and improvement of rights? Has the stigma in epilepsy dissipated or found new (or even old) outlets?