Posted by Nataliya Semez on December 17, 2010
Mina lives in Baku, Azerbaijan and works as an accountant. Last year, she read an article about the local awareness event being organized by the patient support group in Baku as part of Maximize Life Campaign. She reached out to the local patient group leader, Lala and quickly became a supporter and volunteer.
Mina’s message about her art:
Mina painted a picture of the “Old Town” of Baku where houses were built very close together and surrounded by a wall for protection. She describes that living in such proximity united them as a community and made them as close as a big family. They were always there to protect and help each other during hard times and to celebrate and share happiness and family events. Now things have changed, she explains, many people feel isolated by their hardships like a cancer diagnosis and go alone through the difficult time when support of others is so important.
Mina says that the houses in her picture represent families of Azerbaijan that are together as a community caring for each other. She hopes people will become close again someday and she sees the patient group as a very important part of becoming one big caring community and helping families find much needed support.
Visit the Colors of Hope Gallery to see more featured artwork from 2010.