Gulf Medical University hosts art exhibition showcasing mental disorders
- March 18, 2022
- Posted by: Web Team
- Category: GMU
Gulf Medical University (GMU) has organized an exhibition of artworks representing violence linked to mental disorders, highlighting the unique work of Asma Elmongi-a trained visual artist in fine arts for anatomy drawing. The event is not only a celebration of unique talent at GMU, but also aims to engage students and the faculties with unique ideas and projects in the health professions education ecosystem.
“I have hosted many in Egypt, but this is the first one in the UAE, and I couldn’t have been happier as I got the opportunity to exhibit in this renowned medical university. It’s perfect platform to showcase my work, as trained physicians, students and faculty in health professions education can offer their constructive feedback. This will help my future work significantly,” said Asma Elmongi.
The collection, features 44 symbolic drawings illustrating personality disorders, psychotic disorders, dementia, transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE), epilepsy and seizures. Having no formal medical training in medicine, the Egyptian artist’s work model the process of creating visual concepts from her self-reflection of literature research work through linking violence to mental disorders.
The exhibition was inaugurated by Prof. Hossam Hamdy, Chancellor of Gulf Medical University. “We are proud to host this unique exhibition at our campus. Asma Elmongi is a talented artist and her work exhibited in GMU helps to use art to start conversations among the community about what mental health looks like to them, and to encourage students, faculty and people to tell their own experiences of hope and well-being. In context, art can both express and help heal mental illness — and how the beauty and chaos of painting preserves those challenges.”
Adding about her work, Elmongi said, “I always felt strongly about violence, and wanted to describe the subject in my own artistic way. Hence, I started studying available research work on violence and I found many reasons behind violence, and one of the major one was psychological and mental disorders. Also, I came across manuscripts by scientists where medical conditions were explained with drawings. I was intrigued and based on my knowledge of anatomy drawings, I started integrating parts of human body and animal body together along with machine and weapons to create these symbolic paintings. They are not scientific paintings as they have distortion, and express my unique point of view, each one of them. But they-re research backed.”