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Santino Matrundola: Light of Day
March 3 to 22, 2020
Reception: March 3, 2020, 7 pm to 9 pm
Acromegaly is a rare disease caused by an overproduction of growth hormone due to a benign tumour on the pituitary gland. Statistics show three in a million people are diagnosed each year with this disease, and currently there are approximately 2,000 Canadians affected by Acromegaly, with still more undiagnosed.
Acromegaly Ottawa Awareness and Support Network, a volunteer, not for profit support group, is hosting an Acromegaly Awareness Art Exhibit entitled Light of Day, by photographer Santino Matrundola. This collective art exhibit gives Acromegaly the chance to shine as patient portraits and their stories celebrate the struggles and successes with the remarkable disease.
Montreal-based photographer Santino Matrundola is the founder of studio Fusion and Santino Matrundola Photography. In his early days at Concordia University, Santino studied Industrial design and during this period he discovered his love for taking photographs. What began as a hobby at the time, quickly became not only a career, but his passion as well.
For what seemed to be years, Santino had been suffering in pain, unknowingly, with a brain tumour. That tumour would later be defined as an Acromegaly diagnosis. Almost going blind inspired him to create a body of photographic work that he felt would help remove the stigma associated with having this rare disease. This life altering experience would eventually be the reason for creating his awareness campaign entitled “Light of Day.”
Image: Portrait of Mark