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We create encounters from person to person. In an impressive way, people affected by mental illnesses and their relatives show their faces on large-format displays, and with their statements they give courage – always at eye level with the viewers – and make themselves strong for self-help.
The photographs were taken in early December 2022 at the MVG Museum in Munich during our Fotoshooting. The photographer Dirk-Martin Heinzelmann from Berlin photographed the people who came to our shoot in a sensitive and empathetic way. Some of them came from far away. One participant even travelled from Bremen by night train.
Our encouragers communicate with the viewers in a special way. The photographs have a special effect on people. They invite you to look at the person themselves and reflect on the person’s message. Not the diagnosis – the person is important. There is an individual story to each person. If you want to know more, you can read the respective article via a QR code on our website.
The Swiss photographer Martin Fankhauser, a member of Mutmachleute e.V., is making parts of his exhibits available for the tour, which he collected as part of the #ganzabNORMAL project and which enrich our exhibition.
“I had another look at your exhibition last week and I am very enthusiastic. What the pictures do to you when you stand in front of them is really amazing.” – Sandra Pabian, Management of the Steering Group for Mental Health in the District of Starnberg. Starnberg District Office (Health Department)
“Thank you very much to you and your fellow campaigners from the courage people for the beautiful and valuable event this morning in Starnberg.” – Jürgen Karres, leader of the self-help group SEPRO-Landsberg
“Yesterday was a successful, encouraging kick-off event! Thank you very much.” – Cäcilia McKechnie, assisted individual living of the Diakonieverein Starnberg e.V.
“And simply from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU again for this unforgettable event. I am still very touched by the encounters and conversations.” – Martin Fankhauser, photographer and co-exhibitor of the #ganzAbnormal project.
We would be happy to come to your area with our exhibition!