Special education students communicate through art
An art exhibition is underway at Greywalls Art Space in Jing’an District, with the aim of opening the communication channel between common people and a group of special artists.
Named “Special Slices”, the event, which runs until June 6, features more than 50 paintings of struggling children that reveal their vision of the world.
“These children, especially those with autism, have a hard time communicating, and art is a way for them to communicate,” said Andrew Hill, founder of Xiersen, a registered non-governmental organization that sponsors the event. and aims to improve education in China.
The exhibit is a chance for children to tell their stories and for ordinary people to understand them, Hill said. It is only when this happens that fears can be eliminated and inclusion takes hold.
One of the young artists is a 13-year-old girl who attends the Shanghai Pudong New Area Special Education School. She was diagnosed with autism at a very young age and has been a student at the school for several years.
Her family’s experience and support has provided her with the kind of care she needs, as well as an opportunity to express herself through painting. She displayed an unusual talent for painting and now has over 100 works that can be exhibited.
While people typically place more importance on these students when they are in school, that attention often wanes when they graduate and may need to connect with society. They may also have difficulty finding suitable employment.
The exhibition also tries to reveal the creativity of the students and the possibilities for career development. Art is not the only path, but it could be an option.
A series of activities have been launched to promote inclusiveness.
Chinese cartoonist Qu Zhiguo, commonly referred to by his pseudonym REVOLVER, has been asked to work on the two-year manga project, with the first episodes already taking shape.
Through the eyes of the protagonist, an ordinary girl, the slices of life of her friends with autism, Down’s syndrome and others are revealed.
These slices reveal only parts of their life, but enough to inspire something. As Hill says, the first step is to be aware of the situation before people decide to do anything.
The event also attempts to shatter stereotypes of people with intellectual disabilities.
The event will also show how augmented reality helps these people become familiar with the outside world.
The paintings in the exhibition will then be auctioned off, the proceeds of which will be used to finance subsequent projects.
Inclusive art exhibitionDate: until June 6Address: 5 / F, JW Marriott Tomorrow Square Plaza, 399 Nanjing Rd W.