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Home » News and Research » 2018 » June » Redefining Beauty Photographic Exhibition featuring Australians living with genetic diversity: Sunshine Coast, Queensland

Redefining Beauty Photographic Exhibition featuring Australians living with genetic diversity: Sunshine Coast, Queensland

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7 June 2018


Redefining Beauty Photographic Exhibition featuring Australians living with genetic diversity premieres world first on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.


Redefining Beauty, a photographic exhibition exploring the many faces of genetic difference opened on June 6 at Sunshine Plaza's new Amaroo St precinct in Maroochydore.

The exhibition, featuring works by New York's award-winning photographer and advocate for changing societal attitudes, Rick Guidotti, is the first of its kind in Australia (and globally) focussing on children and adults affected by genetic conditions located on the 18th chromosome which include 18q Deletion, 18p Deletion, Ring 18, Tetrasomy 18p, Trisomy 18 and Pitt-Hopkins syndrome.

The images of some thirty individuals includes others living with rare genetic conditions including those associated with Fragile X, Vanishing White Matter Leukodystrophy and Albinism. The photographs were captured in late 2017 at various iconic Sunshine Coast locations by Rick, founder of the global human rights organisation Positive Exposure.

Rick returned to the Sunshine Coast to launch the exhibition and is delighted to be catching up with those he met during the photo shoot.

"The locations are stunning and we had a ball with this amazing community with so many children and families, celebrating their diversity.  Redefining how we see one another and recognising the beauty in our difference is what Positive Exposure is all about. We're thrilled to be able to bring this exhibition to the Coast and it would be great to see it tour further across the country," he said.

Rick was commissioned by The Chromosome 18 Registry & Research Society Australasia support group to create the exhibition. Sunshine Plaza, the University of the Sunshine Coast and disability organisations, Parent to Parent and Spiral Inc have been instrumental in bringing the exhibition to the new Amaroo St precinct at Sunshine Plaza where it will feature until July 15.


Sunshine Plaza Centre Manager Michael Manwaring said the event was a wonderful opportunity to help raise awareness in our local community.


"We're delighted to celebrate the opening of our new Amaroo Street entry while also promoting the importance of diversity and inclusion. The intent of our Amaroo Street precinct is to provide a welcoming community space for all to enjoy," he said.


From the outset, The Chromosome 18 Registry and Rick held the vision of bringing the exhibition to a public space rather than a traditional gallery so that the general public have the opportunity to meet people living with rare genetic conditions.


"We're thrilled to have Sunshine Plaza support us, by providing the space to hold the exhibition in their stunning new precinct of Sunshine Plaza. Rick has worked with USC students and staff including curator Megan Williams, to bring a very special exhibition together," said Chromosome 18's President, Marlene Brightwell who will be travelling from Sydney for the launch.


Educational and Information sessions will be available for students and professionals throughout the exhibition period.

Opening times Monday - Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 10.30am-4pm


Please direct enquiries to Veronica Wain at @ilc@p2pqld.org.au


About Chromosome 18:  https://www.chromosome18.org/


About Positive Exposure:  https://positiveexposure.org/


For further information and media opportunities please contact:


Dr Veronica Wain: email ilc@p2pqld.org.auor call 0433 433 204


Dr Eva-Marie Seeto:  engagement@usc.edu.au or call 5430 1127






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