Freddy & Ceydie
Port Saint John Gallery | March 18-April 29, 2022
On April 20th, 2008, a man in Croatia died. As part of his post-mortem legacy, he saved the lives of two individuals in Belgium—my daughter’s and Freddy’s. Ten years after their liver transplants, through this strange fate of a shared organ, they met one another for the first time—Ceydie aged 13 and Freddy aged 75—Freddy agreeably; my daughter with pubescent protest. Aside from an image of this brief meeting, this project is a visual portrait that separately documents the lives of Ceydie (now living in Canada) and Freddy, with the intent of raising awareness around the impact of cadaveric organ donation.
A former professional basketball player, Cynthia Johnston holds an MFA in Documentary Media, a BA in Humanities and a diploma in photojournalism. As a mother of five, her photography practice includes exploring intimate family narratives alongside street documentary and storytelling for change initiatives with Photographers Without Borders
In 2021, Johnston was the Runner-Up 17th Julia Margaret Cameron Non-Professional Woman Photographer of the Year, winning both Portrait Non-Professional Series and Children Non-Professional Series. She has participated in 20 group exhibitions ranging from Russia to India to the US, along with two solo exhibitions in Toronto at X University (formerly known as Ryerson University.)