Dairo Vargas: The latest resident of the Untapped Residency
London-based Vargas graduated from Kensington and Chelsea College of Art in 2008 and is one of today’s most promising emerging artists. Dairo was involved in both global initiatives and local community work aimed at improving mental wellbeing. He uses his work to mentor children and adults with a particular focus on self development and rehabilitation. He started a campaign in Colombia called #TheArtListens. He taught seminars and art workshops to over 1,400 people in both urban and rural schools, military camps and universities. On October 11, 2019, he will also travel to Kathmandu (Nepal) to volunteer in a British-based charity called ChoraChori.
Dairo Vargas is the latest laureate of Untapped Residency in Italy. This autumn, during the course of two weeks, Dairo is holding daily workshops for intellectually disabled people at Associazione Anffas in Villa Gimelli. The project, ‘Consciousness,’ will culminate in a group exhibition at Villa Queirolo starting September 25.
Mental health is now one of the most pressing issues of the 21st century. A lack of research and information about the importance of proper psychological health, as well as how to cure mental disorders and other mental health issues, has often led to tragic fates. Nevertheless, over the last decade the situation has been improving, and the concept of awareness is gaining more and more momentum. In the West, we have more psychologists, social workers and coaches than ever before. Through professional help and different alternative practices, people strive to foster healthy and fulfilling relationships with themselves.
In ‘Consciousness’ the idea of mindfulness reflects a focus on awareness of emotions and physical sensations. When you are being mindful, you have an enhanced ability in terms of your self-awareness and capacity to reflect on your experience and daily life. Every experience becomes meaningful. Art can be a powerful medium to address emotional issues which may be confusing and distressing.
Art therapy first became popularised as a form of treatment in the 1940s whereby art was utilised as either an approach to therapy or as part of psychotherapy itself. The process of creating art or viewing other artworks is often used to help people explore their emotions, develop self-awareness, cope with stress, boost self-esteem, and work on social skills.
Join the journey to explore the creativity of Dairo Vargas and his collaboration with ANFFAS Association.
Address: Via Aurelia Ponente, 1, 16035 Rapallo GE
Dates: September 25th - October 2d, 2019
Private View: September 25th
Exhibition hours: daily from 10 am to 1pm, and from 4pm to 7pm