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Portraying dementia, portraying being somewhere else

Portraying dementia, portraying being somewhere else

Portraying dementia, portraying being somewhere else

Dutch painter Herman van Hoogdalem is currently working on portraits of people with dementia.
In this Dutch spoken report from a regional tv station he tells about his mother who suffered from this disease twenty years ago.
He noticed the change of facial expression and personality which he never forgot.
This experience formed the basis of the series he is making right now. He asked permission to make portraits to the care facility and family.

The woman in the report commented: “most people with dementia are living in closed health centers. Herman makes them visible with his paintings”.

Van Hoogdalem: “the look that shows that these people are somewhere else that is the thing I want to show”.

All portraits will be exhibited next year in the Drents Museum.
Hat tip to Herbert Van Hoogdalem on Facebook.

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