“Time passes and some things fade, like color on a polaroid photo; yet some things remain”
Disease - a disorder of structure or function in a human, animal, or plant. With disease comes the connotation of rotting, eroding - a demise of something - widely looked upon as negative. When I first mention Alzheimers or dementia, what kinds of thoughts run through your head? Loss, tragedy, sadness, death. These connotations are social constructs attributed PARTIALLY to current political climate of capitalism - something that no longer functions as it once did is deemed useless, lost, forgotten. Having said that, why can’t we find the beauty in it? Why does something that ends or diminishes have to lead exclusively to sadness? These are difficult questions Belgian-Australian artist Sarah Basha confronts in her upcoming exhibition “What Remains”. Through photography, Basha attempts to destabilize current notions of this disease and how one can look at it through a new spectrum.
“What Remains” developed out of a personal experience and her passion and drive to bring something beautiful to something that is seen as so ugly. Sarah investigates themes such as memory, loss and identity through photography. Her exhibition at Gallery Grosvenor El-Harar (Brussels, Belgium) uses polaroids to touch upon the many lives of individuals with dementia. Rather than giving a platform exclusively disease, Basha highlights their lives and personalities. She pushes us “ to see beyond what is altered by time or by illness, to light up the essence of being and focus on what we cherish”.
Sarah Basha “What Remains” opens (in conjunction with her book launch) September 6th and runs until October 6, 2018 at Gallery Grosvenor El-Harar. Her installation will correlate with The Global Alzheimer's Awareness Month. For more information about the artist and her project visit her website: www.sarahbasha.com.