Internship: Sina Niemeyer
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Faces in the Water is a record of sadness, disorder, and the neglect of systems. It is, in itself, a piece of pain, and a piece of empathy - furiously driven by the urge to speak: to a faulted system that sends away those who desperately need it, and to the inadequate flatness of society.
Following the stories of five young adults grappling with depression, disorders and suicidal thoughts, the project looks at the impact of mental illnesses on their lives - and at their struggle with the Dutch mental health care system. Through photographs, interviews and drawings, the five share intimate accounts of being in increasing conflict with themselves, and of being sent away, unheard, unhelped and misunderstood.
The project is self-published as a book (Faces in the Water no1 - drowning) and a newspaper (no2 - dear GGZ, I'm angry that I needed you).