an exhibition about dementia and Alzheimer
exhibited at Galleri F15 & Hå gamle prestegard
Støvkrystaller/Dust Crystals presents the camera based projects of Bente Geving, Viktor Micka, Laila Kongevold, Marie Sjøvold and Christine Hansen. Using their own family experiences as points of departure these artists all explore subjects related to dementia and Alzheimer. This is one of the first art-exhibitions in Norway that deals with such an important issue. Dementia remains a taboo subject for much of our society. The disease is characterized by loss of memory and troubles in executing daily routines. Slowly a patient loses their relational bonds to friends and family. The exhibition contains visual and sensual approaches to this issue and uses the photographic medium's interplay of memory and the past. As individuals we only remember fragments of our life. But when we start forgetting, our memory becomes even more fragmentary. It is as if the memory crystalizes and a distance develops between each and every memory. Photography is also a fragment of reality, this exhibition uses a variety of methods to explore this topic in both a documentary and poetic manner. Dust Crystals explores the span between the sufferer's changed relation to his/her environment and the relatives’ reconciliation with this. The exhibition also investigates how we can communicate with family members that are still alive, but have their conditions of life entirely changed.
Text by curator Christine Hansen