“Growing up in a black community you quickly learn that there is a list of problems that do not ‘affect’ black people: Mentally ill? Bewitched, or you simply study too hard. Depressed? Lighten up, you’ve been watching way too many of those white teen movies. Seeing a psychologist? You’re weak and should probably stop that before the neighbours find out.”
South African artist Tsoku Maela used the medium of photography to share his ongoing experience with depression and anxiety through a series of self-portraits called Abstract Peaces. The Lebowakgomo-born artist hopes to raise awareness about mental illness and address the stigma tied to it by South African communities.
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