I am a studying artist, and have been given our final project of the year. We have been allowed to do the project on whatever we want, and this is exciting because we usually have to follow a brief. I have chosen "memory as a diary" as my title, and we have been given 8 weeks to do our project which will be exhibited in a final show. I am currently in my 5th week, so i am still in the researching stage. I have just finished reading "the man who mistook his wife for a hat" by dr. oliver sacks- a book of recounted stories from patients who are stuck in the inescapable world of neurological disorders. It was very interesting and emotional, and quite an easy read so i would recommend it! One of the things that i wanted to do when i designed my brief at the very start of my project, was to talk to people who had something to say about their memory-related illness. I have watched lots of documentaries and read a few books, but i think one of the best ways in which to understand memory loss is to talk to people who have it. I am looking for people who might be interested in sharing some of their thoughts about when they first began to loose their memory and how they felt, about how it has effected their family, their work, their everyday lives, types of therapy you might have tried etc. Your responses can be written accounts, stories, poetry, photographs, art, anything you like- I'm generally interested in anything you might have to say. The main purpose of my project will be to raise awareness and understanding.
Thank you in advance