Disordered: Conversations about mental health and society
We’ve got issues, and they’re connected. Disordered is a collaborative, participatory street art project designed to destigmatize mental health challenges like depression and anxiety, and reframe health as a societal issue. The project takes the form of conversations, stickers, signs, and murals in public spaces around New York City. It pushes ideas about how our history, culture, political, and economic systems affect our health in order to inspire personal, social and political transformations.
I started the project by forming a steering group of about 20 people called The Disordered Project Team. Members include: Teo Altomare, Zoya Baker, Dawn Chow, Luke Crane, Cristian Fleming, Matthew Fricano, Julie Gaynin, Noa Ginzburg, Kelly Haran, Esneider Huasipungo, Selina Josephs, Anastasia Krylova, Taylor Kuhn, Leigh, Will Linn, Rajah Marcelo, Aarón Montoya-Moraga, Patricia Silva, Candace Thompson, and Claudia Zamora.
Through the late spring and summer of 2017, the Disordered Project Team and I designed a system for public engagement. We then held three pop-up installations in public parks in September 2017, during which over 100 people talked to us, took a sticker, made a paper sign, or added a thought to a sharing board. We distributed over 100 stickers at this time.