Every day people are ignored, talked down to, beaten up or even killed due to their physique, religion, (dis)ability, sexual orientation and/or the color of their skin.
In 2013, this very phenomenon inspired multidisciplinary artist Dorith Mous to photograph a series of portraits, each representing a form of discrimination, through which she intended to trigger the viewer to let go of their prejudice.
None of the pieces had a title. Attendees at the opening of Mous' first solo exhibition in New York, were given a tag with on it; a first name, an occupation and a single word that could 'define' a person. The purpose was to see if one would be able to link a face to a tag if no background story was given. Fifty-nine out of sixty failed to do so. Mous: “We all have the option to judge, hate or discriminate. We are also provided the alternative; not to. This allows to see the beauty of difference and embrace it. I gave people a mirror by letting them realize prejudice was easily applied when judging by default or mere association. If I can cause that realization, one person at a time, I'm happy".
Mous has a strong desire to create art for awareness. Her current project Together-Alone investigates a myriad of mental health challenges through a series of cinematic portraits that highlight the talent, intelligence, beauty and success of each subject. With this, Mous intends to convey the message that open conversation is half the battle. She aims to break stigma and create discourse for change. Episode One is in production stages and is planned to launch late 2020.