People with bipolar disorder
Their voices, and faces
Why don’t we use art to “talk” about it?
Moodlab Project kicked off in September 2016, with the core element of our photoshoot featuring community members whose lives are affected by bipolar disorder. As part of 9 elements, this is the foundation of this project, to use art to create a space for conversation, courage, and community connection and to bring people with bipolar disorder out of the darkness.
So we are partnering with Pere Ibanez, who is a famous artist from Spain, to invite people into our studio for a photography session, and to learn their individual stories.
12 months have passed and we have taken the time to connect with the community members. We have currently completed 20 photos and only a few more need to be done before the entire collection will be complete. To date, we have released 5 photos in exhibitions and publications around the world - from the USA and Canada to India and China.
It is not just a photoshoot, but a process for the participants to be able to step up and advocate for bipolar disorder. These are people at our dinner table, but with a story that you might not know. Each photo is a symbol that no one should be alone; each photo is a triumph that we all can have a voice, even if it shakes us.
With this in mind, we invite you to engage with the pictures and hear the voices from each picture. We encourage you to keep an open mind as you might hear different things from these pictures.
Best of Photography 2017 Official Selection by Photographer's Forum and Serbin Press, USA
The released photos have been published in art books, magazines, included in various exhibitions, and received international awards for photographic excellence. Each place these photos travel to raises awareness for bipolar disorder. We want to de-stigmatize bipolar disorder, and start a conversation.
Moodlab photo on exhibition at LACDA in L.A USA, April 2017
The released photos and future updates can also be found on Pere Ibañez's website .
More than just a photoshoot
This story is special for us!