Male mental health awareness charity Movember have been working with Sotheby's art auction. They approached ten street artists to create works of sellable art that represent male mental health. Because of the stigma involved in this issue, with prejudice and fear making it hard for people to talk about it, headlining the subject with high-brow offerings really helps to shine a light. It's a touchy subject, men are often told to never show weakness and if they believe it, they'll think admitting problems with their mind is a no-no. It takes a lot of strength to go against the grain and speak up when it's taboo. It takes a real man to talk about his own feelings and I guess it takes an even bigger one to forgive society for not wanting to know.
With these ten images, collectively called Against The Wall, the heavy truth is spelled out in multicoloured splendour. We get to see the metaphorical emotions and the plague of brainwashed thoughts which continue to forbid self-respect and motivation. I hope this encourages more artists to work on this area, there's a lot of ground to cover and with the obvious inequality within society's desire to help men's mental health, it's a mission with a worthy cause. The Against The Wall auction at Sotheby's is scheduled to run on the 16th of November for display and the 22nd for the sale itself.
For those who like poetry, here's one I wrote on the subject called Man Up.
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