Unconscious Bias &The Language of the Heart
In the summer of 2018, I visited “FoMu”; a photo museum located in Antwerp Belgium. At the time, this piece particularly piqued my interest and I took as many pictures as I possibly could with my phone; some taken at an angle because of the inaccessibility. This piece was called “Ipass” – wanting to offer a voice against a world in which stereotypes prevail.
Although we posted this article in our November 2018 Newsletter, I thought that now would be a good time to re-surface this important message.
These pictures remind us that we should see everyone as the individual human beings they are, and not what we may “think” they are.
Look closely - These pictures are all of the same man...
“Ipass is a response to a world in which our identities are seen as unchangeable and controlled by race, class, gender, religion and origin. The artists believe that to create a free world where all people can express themselves, we have to look beyond stigmatizing labels. They want to encourage a change in perception and invite us to free our imagination of persisting stereotypes.
The project is a work in progress; new faces are added, and the picture database is still growing. The exhibition currently consists of 60 images, of which a selection is shown here.
To really change the world, we must help people change the way they see things. Global betterment is a mental process, not one that requires huge sums of money or a high level of authority. Change has to be psychological. So, if you want to see real change, stay persistent in educating humanity on how similar we all are than different.
Don’t only strive to be the change you want to see in the world, but also help all those around you see the world through commonalities of the heart so that they would want to change with you.
This is how humanity will evolve to become better. This is how you can change the world. The language of the heart is mankind’s main common language”.
By Suzy Kassem