The Peace Exhibit
Artists against depression
The coronavirus pandemic and the many uncertainties of 2020 have exposed people around the world to the dark reality of a life lived with anxiety, a reality that many others have lived with most of their lives. As a response to my personal struggles with anxiety and depression, I organized a digital group exhibition – “The Peace Exhibit”.
The Peace Exhibit features a collection of fine art portraits and literary works created by over 100 photographers, artists, and writers from 8 Africa countries, exploring the subject of depression, anxiety and the search for personal peace with the sole aim to stir up conversations and shed light on the issue.
The exhibition, since its launch, has received thousands of visitors from across the globe and we have received feedback from Africans who have struggled with depression, who have seen themselves in the incredible literature and photography featured in the exhibition and now know they are not alone, and that there is help available when they need it. We have also received feedback from people who, prior to visiting the exhibition thought depression was a caucasian problem but now realize it is also an African reality and as a result, have learned empathy.
The impact of the Peace Exhibit was documented in a number of local and international publications. BBC Africa ran a story about the exhibition on its social media platforms. (See the story here)
Global Health 5050 interviewed me for a beautiful article on The Peace Exhibit as part of their “Representation Matters Series”. You can read it here
You can see some more published stories about this project below.