An initiative by Studio Eksaat | In partnership with Anjali – A Mental Health Rights Organization
In April 2020, Studio Eksaat partnered with Anjali to help them disseminate information and mobilize funds for vulnerable citizens in West Bengal with mental health conditions and in mental health institutions. This initiative invited artists and illustrators to collaborate with us to create art around the complex issues faced by persons with mental health conditions during the Covid 19 lockdown.
Anjali, A Mental Health Rights Organization based in Kolkata, is the first organization in the country to work in partnership with the state government of West Bengal for people with psycho-social disabilities and those in mental institutions. Rather than create parallel systems, Anjali aims to work with the state government, operating inside the state hospital premises, using state infra-structure and professionals.
ART FOR AWARENESS / 01 / JOY
To feel joy is an integral part of being human. As we prepare to face a world post lockdown, we will all search for ways in which we can add joy in our lives.
Contributed by: Lila Deb Pillai, a 4 year old who find joy in colour and bold strokes.
ART FOR AWARENESS / 02 / EMBRACE
Holding ourselves in an embrace is an act of self care and love. With COVID 19 creating havoc with our personal and public selves – we are collectively moving inwards while bracing for what is to come.
Contributed by: Samira Gupta
ART FOR AWARENESS / 03 / VOICES
How do we cope with the voices in our head? Do we silence them or listen to them? Do we seek help or look inwards?
Contributed by: Anjali Kanakia
ART FOR AWARENESS / 04 / LOVE
As we collectively battle the COVID 19 pandemic, many of us have reached out to help and support vulnerable communities which have been severely affected by the lockdown. Individuals and organizations are working together to help reach people in the remotest of areas, with little or no access to healthcare.
Contributed by: Aastha Mittal
ART FOR AWARENESS / 05 / REMINDER
While in quarantine, we still have many ways in which we can reach out to those we love and care about. This piece acts as a gentle reminder to reach out when in need and be there to support those who do.
Contributed by: Vivan Kamath
ART FOR AWARENESS / 06 / TRAPPED
ART FOR AWARENESS / 07 / CONNECT
ART FOR AWARENESS / 08 / MASK
ART FOR AWARENESS / 09 / THE SENTINEL
ART FOR AWARENESS / 10 / PLEASE DONT STARE