The Gallery at City Hall
1737 Main Street, Columbia SC 29201
First Thursdays on Main 6:00pm-8:00pm
"Looking for balance, but slightly off-center"
October 1, 2018 - December 31, 2018
Curated by Elizabeth Codega LCSW and Big Red Barn Retreat
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault. After a traumatic event, most people have painful memories. For many people, the effects of the event fade over time. But for others, the memories, thoughts and feelings don't go away - even months or years after the event is over.
This photography display is a collaboration between the William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center Trauma Recovery Program (TRP) and the Big Red Barn Retreat to allow our Veterans the opportunity to represent their experiences with PTSD, as well as where they are in terms of growth as a result of involvement in treatment. While many of the Veterans are uncertain at first as to how to capture their experiences in photographs, they really embraced the activity and took photographs that are visually impactful. The hope for this display is that those who view these photographs will be moved by their messages and it will allow the audience the ability to see PTSD through a different lens.