“Have you tried… shutting up, mate?”: perspectives on chronic pain and illness

Madeleine Cleeve Gerkens, with Daniella Raniti

“Have you tried… shutting up, mate?”: perspectives on chronic pain and illness
Site Number: 03

A textile/projection project focusing on the experiences of young people living with chronic pain/illness. Subverting the all too common catchcry of the able-bodied, “Have you tried…” aims to challenge public perception of what it’s like to be a young person living with chronic health issues in our capitalist society.  

Madeleine Cleeve Gerkens, with Daniella Raniti

Madeleine Cleeve Gerkens is a textile artist and writer from Naarm (Melbourne). She has worked with the Emerging Writers’ Festival and is currently undertaking an artist in residency at Yarra Youth Services. Her residency project explores her lived experience of chronic pain through essay, soft sculpture and embroidery. Her written work has appeared in Above Water and Seizure. She also makes toys under the pseudonym Plush Magic. Her toys can be found at Hope St Space, where she will be curating a show later this year.

Daniella Raniti is a Melbourne-based poet, and production designer for screen-based media. She is currently completing a Master of Production Design for Screen at the Victorian College of the Arts. Having worked on Australian short films, documentaries and music videos, her creative contributions have been selected for both national and international festivals, including the Australian Music Week Festival 2017, and the Queen City Film Festival 2017 (Maryland, USA).

This project is supported by: