Artists in UAE paint with ‘colours of hope’ for breast cancer warriors

Saman Haziq/Dubai
Filed on October 29, 2020
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Organised by Dubai-based Art4U gallery, the awareness campaign kicked off on October 24 with a virtual seminar.

As breast cancer awareness month draws to a close, artists in the UAE decided to cap it off with a seven-day festival called Colour of Hope.

Throughout the event, people from all walks of life — including students, accomplished artists, healthcare professionals — pledged support for breast cancer survivors through creative activities, such as a pink mask challenge, virtual art exhibitions, video pledges and seminars.

Organised by Dubai-based Art4U gallery, the awareness campaign kicked off on October 24 with a virtual seminar. To raise awareness about the big C, five experts from the medical field spoke about early detection, diagnosis, misconceptions and common doubts people have about breast cancer.

On the following days, 30 artists from 13 nationalities came together for a virtual art exhibition, where all paintings were done on a pink base.

Jesno Jackson, founder of Art4you gallery, said: “All the artworks displayed during this virtual 360-degree art show celebrate the colour pink, which denoted support for breast cancer awareness and explored its various tangential meanings to speak of love for oneself and for others.

“In most of the artworks, they have used the colour pink to represent friendship, affection, harmony, inner peace, and most importantly, hope and healing,” he added.

Over 200 people from all walks of life have registered to participate in the seven-day awareness drive, Jackson said.

From October 26 to 28, residents sent pictures and videos of themselves wearing a pink ribbon and with their hand placed on their heart, taking a pledge to support breast cancer awareness.

Chitra Sudhakaran, one of the curators of the event, said: “We decided to have a campaign that would appeal to both the minds and the hearts of the masses. We will conclude the campaign on October 30 with a virtual art show by students dedicating their works for the cause.”

Another participating artist, Manjula Kaimal, shared a strong message through her artwork, saying: “We are strong, we are powerful, we are brave, we are valiant.

“When life pushes us over, we get up and push it back with double the strength. We have the strength and the power of a lion. Belief in our own willpower can do wonders. My artwork titled Valiant depicts the same mental will power of a lion which is taking over the lady in testing times, giving her hope and which will give her the strength to fight this battle positively.”

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