22 September 2017
According to the Alzheimer’s Society, 850,000 people in the UK (nearly 16,000 in Northern Ireland) suffer from dementia, a disease with far reaching social and economic impacts yet one that is little understood or widely discussed in public.
Dementia is not just memory loss stemming from old age. It affects other complex brain functions including language, perception, special navigation and emotional/social awareness.
The Unfamiliar familiar, therefore, is a multi media installation that explores how dementia affects the individual, especially, and how it can render the familiar as threatening and unsettling.
Visual artist Sue Morris has been accessing Nazareth House, a former care home, over a prolonged period as part of a project exploring ageing and dementia. Morris lives and works in Derry. She has participated in numerous art events including exhibitions in Austria, Greece, Russia, Georgia, Estonia, USA, Ireland and the UK.