A loved one with dementia. The emotions swirl, the innate pursuit of evocative responses obsesses the mind. Is this person just a shell? Or are there thoughts and feelings within? In this exhibition Johnson explores the roller-coaster relationship between carer and dementia patient - a relationship torn apart by the differing brain behaviours of each participant. Will there ever be a cure? In the meantime, the determination to find a flicker of recognition or a smile conjuring memories of the person’s past, showing they are present, becomes the fundamental quest.
OPENING FRI 19 JUL 7PM - 8.30PM
TUE - FRI 10AM - 5PM, SAT & SUN 11AM - 3PM
Image: Joan Johnson, Frustration (Read My Lips) (detail), 2018, Aluminium, resin, transparencies, lights, clock