One in four adults lives with a mental health condition, yet this common illness often remains hidden. An exhibit part of Virginia MOCA’s spring programming wants to break down those walls.
Mindful: Exploring Mental Health through Art is a showcase of artists who have dealt with, or are dealing with, mental conditions. As part of the exhibit, MOCA will host community nights with local health care providers for those who may have a hard time seeking help. Also MOCA wants to help those in the military that might be suffering from PTSD.
Two other exhibits that open at the same time also hope to achieve the same goals when it comes to social issues.
Nevet Yitzhak’s Warcraft is a large-scale video installation using symbols borrowed from Afghan war rugs. The rugs were first created by rural Afghan women as a reaction to the 1979 Soviet invasion. Richmond-based artist Jamie Betts’ Left Behind, uses photography to document abandoned places found across Virginia and beyond. Like stepping into a time capsule, these photographs tell the stories of their past inhabitants.
Also the fourth exhibit open at MOCA is their 22nd juried exhibition; New Wave 2017. This annual tradition presents a small portion of the artistic talent found in the Commonwealth.
Check out MOCA’s website for a full schedule of talks and workshops associated with all of the exhibitions.