Grace Project, Depicting Breast Cancer Survivors, in Cincinnati April 21-22
CINCINNATI—Helen of Troy, Venus de Milo and Nike of
Samothrace are all famous sculptures depicting women’s
strength and beauty. While they have been damaged over time, now
showing cracks and breaks, people still line up daily to see and
This is where the idea for the Grace Project originated, as
photographer Charise Isis created and continues to create a series
of empowering portraits to capture the courage, beauty and grace of
women who bear the scars left from mastectomy.
Now, in collaboration with the University of Cincinnati (UC)
Cancer Institute, Isis is bringing the project to Cincinnati to
inspire audiences locally.
The Grace Project exhibit will be hosted at Miller Gallery in
Hyde Park, 2715 Erie Ave., April 21-22 with free general admission.
Private gallery tours with the artist are available for
"The project is inspired by Hellenistic sculptures, goddess
sculptures that have survived the trauma of history,” says
Isis. "These relics have survived, and although broken, cracked,
and scarred, are celebrated as beautiful, their brokenness
revealing the delicate nature of life but also the endurance and
beauty that still exists. This project is a way to empower the
women who stand in front of my camera—to help them embrace
their body image and their beauty. The project confronts the issue
of body image in a contemporary culture that defines a very narrow
version of accepted beauty.”
The exhibition features large format silk portraits, which
bring the images to life, she adds.
"The silks truly create a presence that honors the very women
who have braved their scars in front of my camera,” Isis
Elyse Lower, MD, professor of medicine at the UC College of
Medicine and director of the UC Cancer Institute’s Breast
Cancer Center, says this collaboration is truly exciting and
something that means a lot to the community, patients, survivors
and their families.
"This is an internationally recognized exhibit, and we are
incredibly honored to help bring it to Cincinnati,” she says.
"These stunning images are helping empower patients and survivors
across the globe, and we are thrilled to be able to share them with
our patients, former patients, their families and supporters and
just the community as a whole.”
So far, Isis has photographed about 250 women for the project.
Her goal is to photograph 800 women, the approximate number of
women newly-diagnosed with breast cancer daily in the United
States. The Cincinnati show will display about 30 silks, unveiling
many images for the first time, including the photo of Champagne
Joy, a well-known cancer activist who recently passed away March 27
in her fight against metastatic breast cancer.
Isis will also be doing Grace photo shoots around Cincinnati
during the exhibition. These photo shoots are at no charge to the
participant. A typical photo shoot is about half an hour.
For inquiries about the Grace Project Cincinnati exhibit,
contact Charise Isis at 914-466-4347 or her assistant Joules Evans
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