Jasa McKenzie, MACP fellow, receives apexart’s Franchise Exhibition Program award for an exhibition she will curate in Nagoya, Japan in 2018
April 6, 2017
You’re Not Sick, You’re Weak addresses the perception of mental illness in Eastern culture. A nation in dire need of mental health awareness is Japan, which holds a harrowing suicide rate from undiagnosed issues in a population too bound by stigma to seek help. This exhibition provides a platform for artists who have experience with mental illness. Their works express their perspectives to the public, giving the artworks a voice to shout in a culture that has them on mute.
The exhibition features Eastern and Western artists who work with concepts of mental illness. It explores cross-cultural commonalities in experience and depiction of mental illness, exemplifying the acceptance mental illness expression in the public realm. Art holds a strong power to communicate and to comfort. Breaching toxic taboos of mental illness through art will raise awareness of how common mental illness is and how seeking help is strength, not weakness.