Hands

By Konstantinos Chatzopoulos

COUNTRY: Greece

DISEASE: Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

FORMAT: Graphic Design Poster

ARTIST’S SUMMARY

The artwork depicts two children’s hands and in the background a collage of paintings created by children who suffer from this disease. The hands have a double meaning. At first, they are presented as a part of the body affected by Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, but also as a symbol of creativity, strength and determination. The message I want to pass on with this project is a message of optimism, also emitted by the children themselves through colorful paintings.

PATIENT’S PERSPECTIVE

Statements from the children:

“My mother says that what does not kill you makes you stronger…” “I realize every day that my disease has so many different faces…” “The only thing I want is to be able to run and play with my friends…” “I cherish Summer Camp because I can do so many things there, I can be with friends who feel the same, I can ride a bicycle, swim, play. And I do not need to explain to them WHY it hurts so much sometimes, they simply understand because they suffer too…”

About Perspectives

‘Perspectives – Art, Inflammation and Me’ is an initiative that brings together more than 200 artists with patients in more than 40 [...] continue the story