Home Front was a photographic research project initiated by Joan Alexander , funded by Arts Council NI and supported by Changing Age partnership NI and PLACE . Home Front combined visual and verbal materials from selected participants to form a body of work that would engage viewers and generate discussion on attitudes and policies affecting Ageing demographic and housing in Northern Ireland.
Exhibition text extract
Joan Alexander: The Importance of Being at Home
“Edna was a 79 year old lady I got to know shortly before she was admitted to hospital.
She went from her house with garden, garage, dog, family albums and favorite cup to hospital and then into a residential care home.
She has never moved back ‘home’.
The move was very abrupt. It seemed strange and artificial that it happened so smoothly. There was no time to pack belongings or think about a new ‘home’. The house has been quiet since the day she left it.
The effect this had on her life and sense of self struck me as being important in looking at who we are.
These portraits consider ‘home’ as keeper of physical and emotional elements of self. They are of people in a stage of life where significant changes occur yet we often neglect to think about. Maybe because it seems far way or that we will never reach it in the same state of mind we are in today.
Each portrait is made up of hand printed medium format head and shoulders print, photographs of chosen elements of home space and extracts from conversation about their ‘home’. The work considers moving, memory, attachment, change through choice and circumstance, the residue of home on their sense of self”.
Exhibition Infos & Reviews
The project which was researched and produced in 2009 was published in the following journals : 1. CAP/SPARC International Research Conference – Planning Together: Policies and Participation in Ageing Societies (Belfast, September 09)2. 57th Annual Irish Gerentoloigcal Society Conference (Belfast, October 09)3. ICSET 2009 International Conference on Software Engineering and Technology (Oslo, July 09) 4. ICSET 2009 International Conference on Software Engineering and Technology Conference Proceedings
Generations Review journal article (British Society of Gerontology, July 09)