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Expression of the Sightless

Explore sculpture through the art of touch

At fifteen, David Johnson was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, which causes a slow degeneration of the retina.

Here he discovers artworks in Tate Britain’s 2015 Sculpture Victorious exhibition through touch alone.

David completely lost his sight at thirty. Now in his late fifties, his memories of the visual world are undiminished. In this film we follow David as he traces and feels his way around selected artworks in the exhibition, drawing on his own visual recollection to imagine the scene before him.

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