Ed note: Healthy Debate is proud to highlight the hidden talents of professionals in the healthcare community. Last week, we introduced you to Wilson Kwong, who will be writing occasional film reviews for us. This week, we introduce Pooja Gandhi and Arnav Agarwal, whose artistic work will be featured monthly.
Pooja Gandhi and Arnav Agarwal
A picture is worth a thousand words. At a time when communities and people are increasingly isolated, narrative medicine and art can bridge an important gap. Where individual voices may feel lost in a sea of uncertainty and perpetual change, visuals provide a microphone to amplify the voices of health-care providers and the public alike. Where personal stories may feel anonymized by the daily uptrends and downtrends in case counts and mortality rates, art allows us to understand different hues of the pandemic from different perspectives: from the lens of a health-care provider one day, to the other side of the bed with a patient on another. In this sense, narratives and art can generate a collective lived experience and institutional memory and promote a shared societal sense of responsibility in tackling the pandemic through evidence-based measures.
Health Care in Hues strives to bring to life the spectrum of individual, community and system-level experiences and perspectives through artwork as we collectively navigate the pandemic. Grounded in the lived experiences of fellow colleagues, patients, family and other members of the public, the initiative strives to capture timely and relevant themes on a monthly basis through graphic design.
The pandemic continues to dominate medical, public health, economic and societal scenes internationally, and many countries are continuing to experience the multi-faceted adverse effects of COVID-19. As we draw the curtains on 2020, the storyline remains …