By Wafaa Salameh
DISEASE: Crohn’s Disease
I conducted interviews with a Crohn’s Disease patient. She described her day to day life and how she used to live and adapt to her case. I took some notes and utilized them for conducting research. I was eager to learn more about the disease, to understand the patient’s journey.
“The portrait is a translation of my story; I am a female Crohn’s Disease patient who has reached rock bottom due to my illness; I almost reached death. I used to say goodbye to life, to people around me… until I was given help. I started to flow to the surface again, I crossed from darkness to light, leaving behind me all the pain and suffering which used to be my shadow.”
‘Perspectives – Art, Inflammation and Me’ is an initiative that brings together more than 200 artists with patients in more than 40 countries. Together, they have created a series of paintings, sculptures, photos and other artistic expressions that vividly depict — and help others understand — the impact of immune-mediated inflammatory diseases (IMIDs). Inspired by patients’ stories, independent artists and students from a number of art universities created each piece to help more people better understand the burdens associated with some of these chronic and debilitating conditions. In addition to independent artists from all parts of the world, students from more than 15 universities coordinated by the Polytechnic University of Valencia (Universitat Politecnica de Valencia) were able to add their “Perspectives.”
Select a thumbnail to see an International image and story.
More than 100 unique artistic expressions from ‘Perspectives – Art, Inflammation and Me’ debuted at the 9th Congress of the European Crohn’s and Colitis Organisation (ECCO) in Copenhagen, Denmark February 20, 2014, generously supported by AbbVie.