Federico Babina Illustrates Mental Disorder through Architecture
Italian architect and graphic designer Federico Babina has released a new series of architectural illustrations called ‘ARCHIATRIC’. In Babina’s words, ARCHIATRIC is an “illustrated reflection on the relationship between creativeness and mental disorders.” It explores the thin line between creativity and insanity. People always take notice of the artworks and masterpieces produced by the creative minds, but they fail to notice all the suffering behind. So in his art, Babina highlights this suffering in a most intriguing way.
Babina joins his illustrations of 16 different mental disorders, which include dementia, autism, OCD, depression, anxiety, with a video presenting an animated version of these illustrations to further convey the message. “I don’t want to put a romantic aura around the discomfort and suffering of mental illness,” says Babina about his new series, “but rather to make a reflection on the prejudices and negative stigmas with which the pathologies of the mind are often observed.” Among creative geniuses who suffered from serious mental disorders are the famous Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh and Italian architect and artist Michelangelo.