An autistic painter from Malaysia, Wan Jamila, pays tribute to front-line workers

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Wan Jamila Wan Shaiful Bahri, 17, poses for pictures with her winning painting in Shah Alam.

With their art, technology know-how, creative social networking skills or political commitment, post-millennials, known as Generation Z, have found their own ways to help others through the coronavirus lockdown.

Only history will tell if they’ll become the “Coronavirus Generation”, forever marked at a formative time in their lives by the pandemic, which brought more than half the planet to a standstill.

The art of isolation – Art has helped some youngsters overcome the confines of lockdown and health conditions while living in small apartments.

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Wan Jamila Wan Shaiful Bahri, a 17-year-old autistic painter from Shah Alam on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur.

Wan Jamila Wan Shaiful Bahri, a 17-year-old autistic painter from Malaysia, devoted her time to creating her Our Heroes series in tribute to front-line workers.

“I compile all the stories I saw in the daily news regarding coronavirus,” she told AFP, from her studio at her home just outside Kuala Lumpur.

Better known under the name Artjamila, the teen proudly showed one of her canvasses, depicting people dressed in blue, with big, dark eyes looking worried above their masks.

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Art has helped some youngsters overcome the confines of lockdown and health conditions.

One of her works was selected for a health ministry awareness campaign.

More than 10,000 kilometres away (6,000 miles) in North Macedonia, high school student Eva Stojcevska found a way to keep her passion for drama alive, despite performances being cancelled.

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Wan Jamila Wan Shaiful Bahri has been creating works of art inspired by the battle against the COVID-19.

To save her school’s annual cultural festival, the 16-year-old from Skopje and her friends reorganised it on Facebook instead where several dozen people took to the virtual stage for live shows.

GULF TODAY

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