Dese’Rae L. Stage is an artist and activist who challenges preconceived notions about those with lived experience of suicidal thoughts and actions using the combined powers of photography and storytelling. Dese’Rae discusses her own experiences with self-injury and suicide, the development and evolution of “Live Through This,” and her artistic process, all with candor. She implores audiences to open their hearts and minds to those who have literally lived through it, and she provides incontrovertible evidence that suicide affects all of us.
Dese’Rae’s project “Live Through This” is a collection of portraits and true stories of 180 suicide attempt survivors in 33 cities across the United States. Live Through This re-imbues the topic of suicide with humanity by putting faces and names to the statistics that have been the only representation of attempt survivors in the past.
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