Demenstoria is an artistic exploration of living with dementia.
Demenstoria is an artistic exploration of living with dementia. Originally commissioned in 2014 by the Forget-me-not Chorus and Welsh National Opera, the work was conceived as an Oratorio for two soloists and Chorus. The poetry was written by Louise Osborn after honest and open discussions with members of the Forget-me-not Chorus. The group were eager to tell their stories and to have their voices heard. This insightful and honest poetry was set to music by David Harrington and performed at The Wales Millennium Centre by soloists and Orchestra from Welsh National Opera as well as The Forget-me-not Chorus.
This exhibition revisits Demenstoria and enhances the artistic experience with the powerful photography of Dan Green. Some of the poetry is read by the Welsh actor, Tom Cullen, a great supporter of the charity and son of Louise Osborn. For most people little is known and quite a lot is feared about living with dementia. For the Forget-me-not Chorus it is the stuff of daily life. Each day brings encounters with the particular difficulties, the pleasures, the new learning, the challenges, the laughs, the losses, the absurdities, frustrations, pain and love. This exhibition is dedicated to the brave and honest Forget-me-Not choristers who wish to demystify and celebrate those who live with or alongside dementia.