Lifecourses – focus on life and dignity.
Two pictures: One from past life – and one from life now.
2011: Professional photographers met residents at Paulus Nursing Home in Oslo. It was the start of the photoproject Lifecourses. Lifecourses is now also Livslopp, when we take the exhibition to Sweden, and to nursing homes in Malmö and Stockholm.
Dignity is about being seen for who one is, and for who one once was.
At Paulus Nursing Home it is important that the staff are familiar with new residents, and the life that they have lived before coming to the nursing home. “My Story” is a tool that is actively used to allow staff to familiarise themselves with the new arrivals. This allows for individual care – and the best possible old age at the nursing home.
Scrolling back through life in an album, finding moments, a picture, that tell the story of a life lived, is one way of getting to know new residents.
The exhibition “Lifecourses” gathers together many moments, pictures from the residents’ lives, and puts these together with a picture from the present – taken by a professional photographer.
Our goal is that together all these stories literally give a bigger picture of long life and old age. And as a viewer you will be able to see the elderly person through their photographic memories and gain an insight into many lives. Altogether this will be an experience focussing on lives lived and a dignified old age.
The Lifecourse project includes everyone who lives in a nursing home, their loved ones, and everyone working at the nursing home in a positive and interesting way.
We consider the actual process of finding photographs and the stories is just as important as the exhibition itself. Lifecourses was displayed at Oslo Museum / City Museum 13 June – 1 September 2013 – and at Bogstad from 28 May – On September 29, 2014.
We also think that the elderly people’s photographs are just as important as the new portraits taken by renowned photographers (see list below).
Lifecourse involves a lot of people: in addition to highlighting the personal story of the individual, taking photographs of the residents is an activity for the residents, the section they live in, for the staff – and sometimes even for their families.
We want breadth in the project’s photographic expression and have therefore invited photographers with a multitude of backgrounds: photo journalists, portrait photographers, and artistic photographers.
Our selection is based on those we have chosen having made a name for themselves through their photographic and/or artistic style, but is also based on the background of their ethical beliefs and how this is shown thematically in their previously displayed works. Commitment, enthusiasm, dignity, and human rights are the key words for our Lifecourse project.
Photographers who are part of the project:
LINDA BOURNANE ENGELBERTH
MARGARETH M DE LANGE
JON TERJE HELLGREN HANSEN
EIVIND H. NATVIG
KARIN BEATE NØSTERUD
KADIR VAN LOHUIZEN
KARI W. VIERLI
Project manager: Tore Berntsen, Creative director, Visualdays, Oslo. Tore has been a part og Lifecourses since the start in 2011.
The project group:
Geir Hansen, Attendo, Norway.
Karin Beate Nøsterud, Photographer.
Ingeborg Selnes (Cultural Manager at the Paulus Nursing Home)
The project is supported by the Centre for Development of Institutional and Home Care Services, Oslo and the Fritt Ord Foundation.