Unmask your Heart through Art
Heliopolis Youth Culture
This is a collaborative project, where participants were encouraged to express their personal and emotive responses to current global issues through drawing (under the motto “Unmask your Heart”), based on a critical reflection and discussion around contemporary artworks dealing with similar issues. It has culminated in a large, puzzle-shaped public mural, in which each participant added a piece of their own self and voice, as a way towards achieving a common goal and of reaching out to the whole community through art.
Focusing on current global issues that are discussed through social media and visual culture in general, participants were encouraged to critically think, analyze and interpret facts and debates related to these issues without the influence of the internet as an information filtering mechanism.
This allowed them to freely express their own perspectives and interpretations of these issues within an artistic framework, and in this way commence on the emotive culture journey envisaged by HYC.
Such a program begins by exploring the conceptual aspects that will consequently inform art-making during the next steps, providing common ground for participants to research, discuss, and evaluate both intellectually and emotively the relevant information. The project culminates in a collaborative public artwork, that showcases the participants’ research and personal understanding of the concept, while also encouraging constructive exchange of ideas, skills, and techniques.
Finally presenting their ideas through an artwork that is highly accessible to the wider public potentially confronts the community at large with issues lurking within it that are usually avoided or understated; in this way teenagers become active in bringing emotive awareness to adults, which is the first step towards positive change in any community.