The main building of Touro Infirmary on Prytania Street is now exhibiting
artwork created by survivors of traumatic brain injuries. Normally, the
space is reserved for professional Louisiana artists to showcase their
artwork. However, the space now displays 14 painted masks that were designed
by different survivors of
brain injuries, all of whom live in Louisiana.
The masks are a piece of a larger traveling exhibit developed by Unmasking
Brain Injury. The international organization's mission is to promote
awareness of brain injury, by providing survivors with an outlet to educate
the public about what it's like to live with a brain injury.
Each mask has a unique story to tell that reflects the experience of the
artist. For example, there is mask painted by a man named Patrick who
is from Hammond Louisiana. The mask features a left eye that is painted
over in black, which represents the blindness in Patrick’s left
eye that was caused by his accident.
Another artist, Bethany from New Orleans, was injured in a bike accident.
Her mask is painted in two different colors and represents the anger and
the eventual hope she felt as she began recuperating from the accident.
The explanation that accompanies her mask reads:
"I was mad and angry and frustrated. The accident was not my fault,
so why did I have to go through all of this? However, after rehab and
a few years of healing and processing, I came to terms with what happened
to me and let go of the anger."
The foundation manager for Touro Infirmary, Josh Friedman, explained that
this is the first time the space has been used to draw awareness to a
mental health issue through art. According to Friedman, Touro was approached
by the non –profit organization, Brain Injury Association of Louisiana,
to display the masks. The group provides support and education to people
who have experienced brain and spinal cord injuries.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 153 deaths
are recorded each day that involve traumatic brain injuries. This kind
of injury claimed the lives of more than 50,000 individuals nationally
in 2013, making up nearly 30 percent of all injury-related deaths.
The exhibition will remain on display through Friday, January 19, 2018,
on the 3rd floor of the main building of Touro Infirmary at 3436 Prytania
Street. After that it will be displayed in other health facilities across
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