I was an intern in a gallery and I was so scared. I was to sit in a group of mentally ill people who were going to plan for their exhibit in our gallery. It was July 2017, and I almost read all articles about all kinds of mental illness the day before and before I slept. I even tried to memorize most of them, while telling myself to trust in the 4 years that I've studied Medical technology, but all of those that I read will never help me prepare for what is to come on that day of the meeting. Roughly speaking, I made one of the mentally ill artists cry. I felt terrible.
Fast forward to the present. Today is the 15th of July 2018, and I somewhat help led a group of mentally ill artists in discussion and planning for their third year exhibit. This time, I don't think I made anyone cry, instead I made them my friends. I can see how they now became more pro active and inspired to showcase their talents with the aim to educate people that having mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of. It should not be the reason why people should discriminate or ostraticized them. There should not be a stigma because after all, it is a dis-ease.
Whatelse, after my grandmother died, I found myself struggling with grief. Grief is temporary. And to be sad and crazy at times because of life is normal, but Boxless Society inspired me to express them to prevent mental illness. This is what they also want to show people on their upcoming exhbit at Sining Kamalig Art Gallery on 21 July- 14 August 2018.
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