The Face of ITP

The Face of ITP is an initiative promoted by AIPIT(Italian Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura Association) in collaboration with the Brera Academy of Fine Arts and in partnership with Amgen, global leader in pharmaceutical biotechnologies. It was created to raise public and medical awareness about how people suffering from ITP (Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura), a rare disease that is still little known and difficult to diagnose, often feel disoriented and alone in their journey. Thanks to the involvement of various artists, the campaign aims to give a “face” to the disease, starting with patients’ emotional experience.

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13 young artists will try their hand at translating patients’ experiences into art.

4 major chapters interpreted through the different artistic forms employed by the participants.

Route to diagnosis

Moment of diagnosis


Living with the illness

The works will be brought together in a travelling studio and exhibited at Italian haematology departments to raise awareness about IPT patients’ experience in care facilities too.

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Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura

What is ITP?

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Immune or idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura is an autoimmune disorder that affects platelets. Patients with ITP produce antibodies that not only attack and neutralise foreign bodies but also destroy platelets.

As a result, the number of platelets becomes very low, leading to clotting difficulties that can cause spontaneous bleeding and can even be very serious in some cases. The platelet deficit cannot be made up for by the production of new platelets. This is why ITP is a condition that often tends to become chronic.

It is a rare, non-cancerous disease that can affect people at any age and is often difficult to diagnose. Living with this disorder is not easy due to the unpredictability of the decline in platelet numbers, which can have a huge impact on patients’ everyday lives and quality of life.


Art is life and health. There is growing scientific evidence about the link between art and health, as backed up by the World Health Organization with the publication of the largest study ever conducted on the subject: “What is the evidence of the role of the arts in improving health and well-being?” .

Everyone can derive benefit, inspiration and wellbeing from looking at a painting, a drawing, a sculpture or a video. Art can convey important content and messages that not only help patients, but can raise awareness about diseases that are often unknown to the general public.

The Brera Academy is convinced of this, devoting its two-year course in the Theory and Practice of Art Therapy to this subject and supporting “The Face of ITP” project.

Thirteen students took up the invitation to give a voice and face to the journey undertaken by patients when dealing with this disease.


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