Toy_Box and Doctors Without Borders - Don't Look! Kala Azar et al.
Opening 14. 8. at 18:30 in front of the Letenský zámeček
Artist reception: Tuesday, Aug 14th, 6:30 pm, at Letná in front of Letenský zámeček, Letenské sady 341, Prague 7
The current exhibition, a cooperation between Czech street art and comics artists Toy_Box and international humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders, personify diseases and causes of deaths that impact billion and a half people worldwide. It highlights the impact of these diseases, their causes, and possible solutions.
Panels of the Artwall Gallery feature images of scary creatures and demons. At first glance, it seems as if they were illustrations of horror comic books or scenes from mythologies of distant cultures. The current exhibition is indeed related to far-off countries, but unfortunately, the characters are based on reality not fiction. The images by a Czech street art and comics artists Toy_Box personify diseases and causes of deaths: black fever – kala azar, Chagas disease, sleeping sickness, tuberculosis and snake bites. The exhibition, organized together with the international humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders, highlights the impact of these diseases, their causes, and possible solutions.
About Doctors Without Borders:
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international humanitarian organization that provides expert medical assistance to people at risk and in the event of crises. Currently, it provides health care in more than 70 countries worldwide with the help of nearly 38,000 local and more than 3,500 international collaborators. In a number of projects, they treat patients suffering from neglected illnesses. The organization has a record of rising awareness regarding these diseases. Together with others, MSF also seek to contribute to the development of treatment by means of an initiative Drugs for Neglected Diseases (DNDi). One of the basic principles of MSF is also to bring witness to the humanitarian crises they deal with and the people they help.
About the Artist:
Toy_Box studied stage design at Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. Her work has roots in the techno and anarchist scene. In addition to illustrations and comics, she engages with street art and art with social themes. For her existential graphic novel, My Book Vinnetou, she won the Muriel Award (2015) for the best original graphic novel and the Golden Ribbon Award (2016) awarded for best children’s books.