There’s this idea that monsters don’t have reflections in a mirror. And what I’ve always thought isn’t that monsters don’t have reflections in a mirror. It’s that if you want to make a human being into a monster, deny them, at the cultural level, any reflection of themselves. And growing up, I felt like a monster in some ways. I didn’t see myself reflected at all. I was like, “Yo, is something wrong with me? That the whole society seems to think that people like me don’t exist?" And part of what inspired me, was this deep desire that before I died, I would make a couple of mirrors. That I would make some mirrors so that kids like me might see themselves reflected back and might not feel so monstrous for it."
About the Mirror
There are very few photographs of people with dementia that reflect the joy and love in their lives. It inspired us to make a mirror so that people with dementia might see themselves reflected back in ways that don't seem monstrous. This photographic exhibition calls on people with dementia, their family and friends to share portraits of people with dementia living their lives. Please share a photo with us by emailing us at: email@example.com