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Artists Against Pain – A way to make visible through art the invisible on chronic pain 


“ARTISTS AGAINST PAIN” is the title of the cultural event that took place on the 17th March in Milan, Italy, aimed to unite arts and advocacy groups on the topic of chronic pain.

The initiative was promoted by the artistic cultural association “Bioforme” in partnership with the European branch of the Italian NGO Cittadinanzattiva, Active Citizenship Network, the Maltese association “No Pain Foundation“, and the patronage of Municipality 8 of the City of Milan.

Bioforme welcomed the proposal by Anna Kleszcz, a Polish woman afflicted by chronic pain and since years an activist on the topic at European level, organizing a cultural event outside the specialized circuits to spread knowledge and sensitize those who are not directly involved in the problem of chronic pain.

Even if far from any institutional context, the event has been an opportunity to approach the topic and to promote a reflection at different levels, such as the medical-political-social on one side and the musical-artistic on the other.

The program included:

  • The debate, aimed by Cittadinanzattiva–Active Citizenship Network and No Pain Foundation, enriched with patient testimonies, presentation of good practices, an overview of the situation across Europe, news on the commitment of the EU Institutions on the topic and recent achievements.
  • exhibition of works presenting pain done by artists – Bioforme collaborators;
  • poetry read by Milton Fernandez;
  • Ornella Vinci’s and Rita Tekeyan’s concerts.


For further information:

You may consult here the poster of the event.


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