In loving memory
A PORTRAIT series of people with dementia kissing someone they love will feature in a two-week exhibition raising awareness of the disease.
FOR Catherine Barrett, a kiss is “the ultimate expression of love”.
So it comes as little surprise that the gesture will play a central role in a two-week campaign she is co-ordinating to raise dementia awareness.
LoveFest Perth will combine a one-day festival featuring presentations and workshops on the condition with a two-week “Kiss Exhibition” showing people with dementia smooching someone they love.
Dr Barrett said the portrait series was about humanising people living with the condition.
“The kiss means a lot – it’s the ultimate expression of love,” she said.
“The feedback on the portraits is that they are beautiful, with many saying they can’t tell which person in the photos has dementia. “That’s the idea – you don’t see dementia, you see the person.”
Dr Barrett was struck by research which showed the stigma associated with dementia meant people with the disease are isolated after diagnosis – a time when support is needed to ensure they can continue doing the things they enjoy.
She said LoveFest was a way to draw attention to and initiate a discussion around the topic.
“We have to work in engaging ways to capture people’s attention because there’s so much information out there,” she said.
Visit museumoflove.com.au/lovefestperth for information.
Images such as this one of David and Lennyce Westaway will feature at LoveFest Perth.
Expression of love: The “Kiss Exhibition” will show people with dementia smooching someone they love.