From Murals to Music: Healing Jordanians' Souls in the Year of the Pandemic

Published November 29th, 2020 - 12:05 GMT
while these images beautify the city and give viewers a pleasant site, 'if they can at least make the passerby smile, then we have achieved our mission to ease people's distress in this difficult year.'
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while these images beautify the city and give viewers a pleasant site, 'if they can at least make the passerby smile, then we have achieved our mission to ease people's distress in this difficult year.'

Starting with World Mental Health Day in October 2020 and going until last Friday, Artmejo and the Netherlands Embassy collaborated to give wings to local artists so they can reach tops of high buildings and music notes carrying Jordanians' souls to a more peaceful place. #MindtheMind campaign that combined the creation of murals and composition of a new song ended its creative efforts this past week with the final touches on its third mural in Amman and releasing the song Fog El Mai "Above the Water" on YouTube. 

The song that tells the story of this particular 'mental health in Jordan' campaign, and calls people to find a silver lining amidst life challenges, carries in its lyrics by Mohammad Idreesi a soothing phrase featured in one of the three murals; "I am satisfied with the colour of the sky." 

The musicians who composed and performed the song are Muhammad Abdullah - Vocals / Bass Mohammad Idreesi - Vocals Amjad Shahrour - Bass / Synth Amr Abukhleif - Guitars Ammar Urabi - Drums Ghalia Barghouthi - Vocals Zaid Allan - Audio Engineer Audiovisual Director Zaid Khaled. 

Hind Joucka, the project director and Artmejo founder, says that the murals carry the face of the inner child we all have within as expressed in the colours and features of the paintings' themes. "While there are some cubes that acknowledge the hardships that we all face." She added, while these images beautify the city and give viewers a pleasant site, 'if they can at least make the passerby smile, then we have achieved our mission to ease people's distress in this difficult year.'

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"We are very proud to have launched the #mindthemind campaign this year and we hope it encourages more people to talk about the importance of mental health,” said Barbara Joziasse, Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Jordan.

The Netherlands is a long-standing supporter of initiatives and projects for improving Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) in crisis situations and has a history in helping develop expertise on MHPSS, making it a forerunner in the field. In Jordan, the Netherlands mainstreams MHPSS into key programmes  and sectors such as education, employment, and social protection, the embassy statement added. 

 Artmejo, is a platform that promotes art & culture in the Arab world. The platform aims to provide young local artists with an opportunity to join in on conversations surrounding the current social climate and invites them to actively ignite social change through various art forms.

Artists Omar Sha,  Sara Allan, Randa Abu Rahmeh and Sandra Sarkissian were selected from applicants to the campaign because of their ability to portray the themes pertaining to the message of the mental health issues Jordanians have been facing most especially during this pandemic year and in general. 

Artists Randa Abu Rahmeh and Sandra Sarkissian said: “Mental health is a prevalent topic in today’s world and we are glad for the opportunity to visually contribute to the ever-growing dialogue around the subject matter, especially in our region. We hope our created mural deeply resonates with others, as these artworks are inspired by our own personal experiences with mental health challenges.”

In addition, the Embassy and Artmejo in partnership with Ruwwad Al-Tanmeya, held a virtual community engagement session that brought together over 20 local artists and four women from Ruwwad’s community. The aim of the session was for the artists to hear from the women about their first hand experiences in dealing with mental health and engage in a conversation about the importance and impact of mental health.


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