ecosystems of healing | 2021 Ghana

This photo series depicts the significance of mental health in the Global South, with a focus on West Africa. The common understanding of trauma and mental well-being, shaped predominantly by Western experiences, often leads to misconceptions about different approaches to mental health. In African communities, mental well-being is deeply intertwined with family, nature, and spirituality. The region's colonial past and its exploitative present have alienated perspectives towards mental health, resulting in individuals turning inward in their search for oneness. This series explores and contrasts various interpretations of mental wellness within systems primarily constructed from a Western viewpoint.

sponsored by Bundesministerium für Kunst und Kultur Wien