I was locked in quarantine in Saigon 2021 and Covid 19 was spreading outside. How could I help? I started to paint things in my apartment to auction out on-line, with 100% of the money going straight to charities in Vietnam that help those in need because of Covid.
When I started the project I had no idea if it would work or not, but together with everyone that placed a bid and people that helped to share the project, we collected: 31,900,000 VND !
This project shows how art and design could be used to help in a social crisis like the covid pandemic.
I painted in total 16 items and each of them has before and after images as well as photos from the process. There are several news publications about the project both in English and Vietnamese. For more information email;
*Video edit below by Ramos Rise
In total I painted 17 items that I found in my apartment. You can paint almost enything, but I tried to choose a variety of items to reach different target groups with the auction. I also wanted the item to have a rather large and smooth surface, to be suitable for painting. Almost all iteams are named after people I thought of during the quaranteen. Each of them have sliding images below showing the process, before and after painting.
The chessboard top is thought to cheer up and motivate you to play a game with your housemate, to easier keep your mental health in balance during the pandemic.
The winning bidders chose these charities:
Saigon Children's Charity : will be distributing 16 backpacks for the people in need.
Social ChangeMakers : delivered food supply in their LockdownKindness charity effort.
Hội Bảo trợ trẻ em TP.HCM - HCMC Child Welfare Association : will transfer them to the Cau Han Project, a project that supports providing education for poor children that doesn't go to public school.
The Little Rose Shelter - Vietnam : provide food, clothing, education and entertainment for the children currently living in the shelter.
LIN Center for Community Development : donations will be accumulated in a funding pool of Covid-19 Response Community Fund and contributed to 11 selected organizations which are responding and helping their local communities
Tickets that we had to bring to go outside for food and pharmacy shopping
Many areas in Saigon was closed off completely as there was many covid cases inside. Photo to the left by Ramos Rise.
The streets in Saigon are usually crowded with mostly motorbikes. Here you see the empty street during the curfew. Photo by Milan Smets.
The project got some publicity by several newspapers both in Vietnam and Sweden, this article is from my local home town Säffle.
Interview about Painting Against Covid on Vietnamese VTV4. There was also a clip shown on VTV1.