„Mental Health in an Unequal World“
World Mental Health day , Oct 2021
“Good mental health is critical to the functioning of society at the best of times. It must be front and centre of every country’s response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.”
United Nations Policy Brief: COVID-19 and the Need for Action on Mental Health, May 2020.
According to a report in Forbes magazine, shortly after the World Health Organization declared Covid-19 a global pandemic on March 11, 2020, markets collapsed and economies around the world plunged into recession. At the same time, hundreds of billionaires fell from the ranks of Forbes’ World’s Billionaires list, capturing a snapshot of the pandemic’s impact on the fortunes of the world’s wealthiest people. One year later, things couldn’t be more different: a record 493 new billionaires joined the list this year. Among those newcomers are at least 40 new entrants who draw their fortunes from companies involved in fighting Covid-19.
Art and mental health share a close link. In any form, art serves as a tool to turn intangible experiences into something that we can see and touch.
Energy Signature of Gugging artist Maximilian Stangl. (right)
Christoph W. Band is a freelance artist whose work introduces elements of inter-connectivity and neural pathways sourced from his career in IT as well as Prana Yoga and Mindfulness. Band captures such phenomena in a meditative and dynamic work process in order to then record them on paper and make them visible.
Band’s series Energy Signatures began in 2017 and was inspired by his interaction with artists at Studio Gugging. Gugging is one of the first psychiatric institutions in the world to recognise creatively orientated patients as genuine artists. The Museum of Everything presents Studio Gugging.
Series: Studio Gugging 2017 – 2021