I submitted two photographs to an online conference exhibition entitled Art as an Answer. The online exhibition included artworks by arts therapists and artists on the theme of resiliency within COVID-19.
Conference Title Arts Therapies Today: Arts Therapies in Education, Medicine and Social Sphere
Organisers St.-Petersburg Academy of Post-Graduate Pedagogical Training, National Association for the Development of Art Therapy Science and Practice, Russian Art Therapy Association International Art Therapy School, St. Petersburg Art Therapy Centre
The description of the conference exhibition is as follows:
"During 2020, we all faced the challenge of a pandemic, serious changes in the usual way of life, tense social situations and other difficulties. Each of us tried to cope with them in his own way, but turning to art and creativity are the ways of personal adaptation that are characteristic of our arts therapeutic community. We help ourselves and others cope with life's trials and ailments by tapping into the healing potential of art.
This virtual exhibition presents the creations of art therapists from different countries, made during 2020 - 2021, reflecting their characteristic ways and forms of creative personal adaptation in the current situation. Thanks to the organization of such an exhibition, we can support and enrich each other, assert a creative attitude towards life, the poietic stance in the world, as one of the fundamental principles.The title of the photographs were Observances "Along my route they were in memoriam, as a display within trees. A message was attached, and although faded it evoked a tribute. A gathering of consolation within flower collections. There was ceremony and intention.The significance of viewing a testimonial and a remembering. A celebration of life and a commemorative offering. Witnessing a sanctum both personal and readily available" (https://artterapia.ru/gallery_eng)