CHEMOods and Atri Paintings: Annunziata Tricarico’s journey through illness and the power of Art, with Stephen Legari and Federica Vagnarelli – EUNAMES LECTURE (28/11/2022)

ANNUNZIATA TRICARICO is a contemporary Artist based in Abudhabi with a strong international background in marketing and communication. Early this year, as soon as she was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer, she decided to express her conflicting emotions and moods through Art. CHEMOod Project started with the idea of painting 12 self-portraits, each after every cycle of chemotherapy.  The series of portraits (and chemotherapy treatment) was interrupted after the 7th when Nunzia was admitted in Intensive Care Unit for severe pneumonia. Even during and after ICU time, Nunzia kept on using figurative art as a powerful mean of self-awareness and self-healing.  

STEPHEN LEGARI holds a master’s in creative arts therapies from Concordia University and a master’s in couple and family therapy from McGill University, where he trained in the Developmental Couple Therapy for Complex Trauma. He has worked extensively with individuals, groups, couples, and families in both clinical and non-clinical settings. Since 2017, Stephen has been program officer for art therapy at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts where he has developed specialized therapy programs for groups, supervised master’s level students, and contributed to numerous publications on the arts in health.

FEDERICA VAGNARELLI is a paediatrician and neonatologist at the Danat Al Emarat Hospital in Abu Dhabi. She holds a Master Medical Humanities at UNIMORE and a Master in Applied Narrative Medicine at ISTUD. She is a certified facilitatore in Narrative Medicine by SiMEN.

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