‘We Love Life’ exhibition explores musicians and their mental health
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Mental health problems affect millions, with approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK becoming prisoners of depression, stress and anxiety each year. With a host of interviews from artistic and supporting talent, The Mind Map’s latest project aims to remove de-stigmatise mental health through a new photo series: ‘We Love Life’. ‘We Love Life’ is a succession of seven photo interviews by Newcastle based photographer Darina Mohammed for the Liverpool based mental health social enterprise. Launching at Liverpool Sound City, which sees headliners DMA’s and Peace take the stage on the 5th-6th May and continuing through mental health awareness week (14th-20th May), the show uncovers the different ways musicians maintain mental wellness. The exhibition features portraits of musicians: Sam Fender, TV ME, Seatbelts, Beija Flo, KingFast, Fuss, and HAARM; all of which were photographed locally in Liverpool and slightly further afield in Newcastle. Darina Mohammed’s previous work has appeared in publications including i-D Magazine and Teeth Magazine. The Mind Map’s editor Paul Bridges said: “The show helps deliver our wider aims to normalise mental health through journalism, art, culture, and workshops for young people. The interviews illuminate how regardless of where we are on the mental health continuum, everyone has their own ways of dealing with life’s stresses, whether that be through exercise, creativity, medication or just talking to someone”. Launched on the 13th March this year, The Mind Map’s website also includes mindfulness, exercise, and nutrition resources, alongside the ‘Going Through the Emotions’ interview series with a variety of musicians including Bloom Twins, Fickle Friends, Blossoms, Sleaford Mods, and The Black Lips. ‘We Love Life’ runs 5th-22nd May at: Constellations, 35-39 Greenland St, Liverpool Read the interviews on www.themindmap.co.uk
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