The Wall Interactive Exhibition

In August 2015 the first post went live on The Secret Illness Wall. There are now 150 Wall Posts, each one a personal story of how OCD affects them.

Up until recently The Wall had only existed in an online space but at the OCD Action annual conference in March 2018, we were able to create the first ever interactive exhibition based on The Wall.

Here is a short video about The Wall Exhibition.

 

The Wall Exhibition consisted of 19 stories taken from The Wall, each one carefully written up in the form of a letter and displayed with a prop and picture frame. Here are the 19 exhibits:


James, 31, New Jersey, UK

If I can’t remember the Jurassic Park theme music then our plane will crash

Prop: inflatable dinosaurjames-exhibit.jpg


Jonathan, 35, Kent, UK

I can affect fate

Prop: clapper boardjonathan-exhibit.jpg


Jessica, 23, New Hampshire, USA

I wonder if I even love my husband?” & “One day I fear that OCD will take over

Prop: Batman mask

jessica-exhibit.jpg


Graham, USA

Did I unknowingly commit a crime or wrong in the past, for which I will be horribly punished in the future?

Prop: handcuffsgraham-exhibit.jpg

 


Stephanie, 27, Perth, Australia

OCD is my battlefield

Prop: white socksstephanie-exhibit.jpg


Beth, 23, West Midlands, UK

Sometimes that “what if?” is just too much to ignore

Prop: pinball machinebeth-exhibit.jpg


Helen, 30, Heidelberg, Germany

I used to take my hair straighteners to work so that I could always check they were off

Prop: hair straightenershelen-exhibit.jpg


Aarti, 22, Mumbai, India

I was obsessed with the idea of being possessed

Prop: Virgin Maryaart-exhibit.jpg


Anon, 22, South Africa

After brushing my teeth I need to make myself gag to make sure nothing bad went down my throat

Prop: toothbrushanon-safrica-exhibit.jpg

 


Loretta, 39, Colorado, USA

What if I stabbed my baby with this knife?

Prop: baby mobileloretta-exhibit.jpg


Sage, 14, Alberta, Canada

I couldn’t focus. I couldn’t think. It was this debilitating blur that I couldn’t shake

Prop: goldfish in bowlsage-exhibit.jpg


Eric, 19, Toronto, Canada

There’s something important I’ve forgotten to do. There’s something more

Prop: Vampire bookeric-exhibit.jpg


Anon, 24, Minnesota, USA

I was pregnant. I was sure of it. Even though there was no possible way I could be pregnant

Prop: pregnancy testanon-minnesota-exhibit.jpg


Anna, 22, Czech Republic

It’s dirty

Prop: strawberriesann-exhibit.jpg


Amanda, 27, Delaware, USA

Maybe I have AIDS or Hepatitis C

Prop: remote control with batteries removedMaybe I have AIDS or Hepatitis C

 


Elina, 20, Ioannina, Greece

I do love my boyfriend but my OCD is killing me every single day!

Prop: love heartelina-exhibit.jpg


Lindsey, 20, Pennsylvania, USA

I often worry that I’ll end up like Ted Bundy, or that I’ll suddenly lose control and stab my loved ones

Prop: Stephen King novelslindsey-exhibit.jpg


Angela, 30, Michigan, USA

I was looking through a window at a world I was not a part of

Prop: toy alligatorangela-exhibit.jpg


Anon, 34, UK

It breaks my heart to see OCD bullying my son

Prop: football bootanonuk-exhibit2.jpg

anon-uk.jpg


This exhibition would not have been possible without the hard work from a fantastic volunteer team. Thank you to Christian, Naomi, James L, Becca, Liz, Mathilde, Emma, David, James I, Alison and Nick.

 

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