In lov­ing mem­ory

Melville Times - - Front Page - Bryce Luff

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.

Pic­ture cour­tesy www.the­so­cialpho­tog­ra­pher.com.au

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.

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