ecosystems of healing | 2021 Ghana

is a photo series depicting the importance of mental health in the Global South, focusing on West Africa. The common understanding of trauma and mental well-being has been shaped by the experience of the West and often forms a bubble of misunderstanding towards different approaches. In African communities, family, nature, and spirituality mould the foundation of mental well-being. Throughout its colonial past and exploitative present has the perspective towards mental health been alienated and resulted in the act of turning into oneself in the search of oneness. This series dives into the exploration and different understandings of what it means to be mentally well in a system that has been constructed from a Western point of view.

sponsored by Bundesministerium für Kunst und Kultur Wien