I Am Not the Cancer

6-channel video / 8-channel sound installation in collaboration with Tim Wainwright

European Parliament (main foyer), Brussels, Belgium, 2015
Hotel Intercontinental Ballroom, Dubai, UAE, 2014
Famagusta Gate, Nicosia, Cyprus, 2014
Congress Center, Basel, Switzerland, 2014
The Music Room, London, 2014
Baveno, Italy, 2014
Gazarte, Athens, Greece, 2013
Basen, Warsaw, Poland, 2013
Advanced Breast Cancer Third International Consensus Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, 2013
Egg Centre, Brussels, Belgium, 2013

John Wynne



I Am Not the Cancer
is a video and sound installation by John Wynne and Tim Wainwright based on women from across Europe
with advanced (metastatic) breast cancer. Each participant’s contribution is unique and compelling, in part because rather than approaching
them with a journalistic agenda or documentary agenda, the artists used meditative working methods
when recording, creating a calm
and trusting atmosphere and simply asking participants what was most important to them about their experience.
Cancer not only affects the body but also encroaches on one’s sense of identity; the title of the piece came from the Dutch participant
who said, “I have cancer, but I am not the cancer. I am Tootje."

Without commotion or comment, Tim Wainwright and John Wynne’s thoughtful installation discloses the experiences of women with metastatic breast cancer.
Six video portraits are accompanied by the disembodied voices of their subjects, each recounting their own particular journey 'through the fog of disease'.

Josef James Pitt-Rashid, The Lancet

The projection of separate sounds and images, and the whisper of noises off, creates a muddled ambiguity that anyone who has struggled to talk about cancer will be familiar with. A sense of suspended animation is created as time is simultaneously compressed and stretched. Quiet, thinking faces create a vacancy into which conjecture about appropriate thoughts and words spills. The artists have crafted this uncertainty very gently but it leaves a lasting impression, making the isolation encountered by people with metastatic cancer tangible to the audience.

Josef James Pitt-Rashid, The Lancet