Grand-Dad, Grand-Ma and… Alzheimer

I followed my grandfather with Alzheimer’s disease during the last two years of his life, from 2008 to 2010. Sick since 1994, he was placed in a specialized center for the last five years of his life. The bonds woven by memories disappeared days after days. My grand-mother tried to retain them with her tenderness and presence.  I then made their portrait. I kept turning around her and him, to get to know him better.

In 2015, my grandmother herself suffered from a syndrome related to Alzheimer’s disease: fronto-temporal dementia. She saw François Hollande, former french president, through the window. She could no longer dress or cook. She had to be placed in a specialized establishment. I went back on my camera and I am now following her. Her perception of reality is altered. Changing, approximate. Sometimes sharp, sometimes drifting. I still continue this work today.