Art and solidarity come together in a fundraising exhibition that was inaugurated on Tuesday evening at the Argo Gallery in Athens to support the Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres or MSF) and help them deliver healthcare to those in need.
A total of 61 Greek and foreign artists donated their artworks (painting, sculpture, ceramics, drawing, engraving, and photography) to raise money for the humanitarian organization.
All proceeds from the exhibition, which runs until March 31, will be donated to MSF.
"It is very important to have the support of the societies where we work, to have the support of the artists that they give their work to support MSF financially and to continue having our presence in more hot places of the world," Elias Pavlopoulos general director MSF Greece told Xinhua.
"From Syria to Yemen and from Congo to the Central African Republic, MSF teams try hard to provide medical care in situations that are not the easiest to deal with," he added.
Behind the idea of the art charity show is the owner and director of the Argo Gallery, Alexia Serezi, who as a donor to MSF thought to offer something more through her profession.
"The world of art helps organize an event and raise awareness and funds at the same time for a charity," Serezi said.
"I am extremely moved that all our partners responded, embraced our idea. They offered their works, and we managed to organize this event," she noted. From her part, painter and architect Diana Giannopoulou explained how essential it is for artists to support such events.
"Art needs to be close to people's problems. Today more than ever before, I think it is necessary artists and intellectuals to address the humanitarian crisis," she said.
With her art piece, a colorful painting named "Sunflowers" which symbolizes the light and the feeling of optimism for the future, she wants to raise her voice and help people overcome their problems.
Inspired by the face of the refugees and migrants reaching the Greek shores, artist Maria Kitsiopoulou participated in the exhibition with her painting "Stormy Seas."
"Such events need our support, as the state cannot deal with the crisis that our era is being through," she said.
For Kitsiopoulou, Greeks have set an example by rushing to provide emergency assistance to the stranded refugees. MSF is active in several places across Greece.
"We have issues of mental health especially for the people who stay in the camps. We continue to support in different ways the Greek state as we can to ensure that we have proper healthcare for these people," Pavlopoulos said.
Two weeks ago, they vaccinated 1,000 children at Moria camp in Lesvos Island under a vaccination campaign that run across the country to protect refugee children against infectious diseases.