Disruptive Women is honored to announce our newest blogger, Annie Levy. Annie is working with us on our Health In Place (HIP) initiative.
Annie Levy creates images and projects that tell stories. Stories of individuals both old and young. Stories of people who are hospital patients, residents of nursing homes, those in other medical contexts and young people dealing with life threatening illnesses. They are people who, Ms. Levy makes clear, should not be categorized by their health status or where they are receiving treatment. Their conditions “are not all of who they are,” she said.
Ms. Levy is a New York City-based creative director and photographer who, “creates and exhibits projects, telling stories to transform the way we see things.” Her resume is both impressive and colorful. Exhibits of her work have been shown in venues as diverse as the United Nations and the Alzheimer’s Association. She has spoken to prestigious audiences such as a New York Times Foundation program for journalists at the International Longevity Center. She has shared her perspectives during a Grand Rounds presentation at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
She began exploring the idea of telling personal stories through images during her student days at the New York University film school, but it’s through her work in various engagements that her unique abilities to transform individuals from medical files to three-dimensional, flesh-and-blood individuals has been honed to an extraordinary fine art. Some examples:
- Her month-long lobby exhibit, “Ageless” at the United Nations paired her images of older individuals with their art work. “I called the project ‘Ageless’ as I felt that older people were being categorized and labeled and the concept behind the show was to display creativity and its transcendence of a particular age. I wanted to remind people that you can’t categorize people because of their age.”
- Her portraits of geriatric rehabilitation patients at New York City’s Roosevelt Hospital. “I noticed that, on the hospital walls, there were the standard bright, colorful art posters that you see in most hospitals, but nothing that genuinely related to what was going on there. I wanted to depict the individuals of Roosevelt Hospital in ways that spoke of their determination, courage, and love of life in a setting where that was both being displayed and very much mattered.” (more…)