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Bunshri Chandaria – Silent Voice

    © Bunshri Chandaria

    © Bunshri Chandaria

    Bunshiri Chandaria Image-maker gives a voice to people with dementia.
    Bunshri Chandaria FRPS brings the experience of a loved one to life to promote understanding of Alzheimer’s.

    There are 900,000 people living with dementia in the UK. By 2025 the condition will affect a million people – the majority will have Alzheimer’s.

    Are these just numbers for Bunshri? The photographer and filmmaker witnessed the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s through the eyes of her mother-in-law, Ramaba and decided to make that experience count.

    The result is Silent Voice, a handmade artist book published by Chandaria to help raise money for research into Alzheimer’s, and a multimedia installation showing as part of the exhibition, ‘Patterns of Experience’ with five other artists at Peggy Jay Gallery in Burgh House, a Grade 1 Queen Anne listed building situated in the heart of Hampstead.

    ‘Silent Voice’ makes visible the invisibility of Alzheimer’s.
    ‘I was your childhood friend. You gave me your daughter.’ These words sit next to one of many enigmatic images – inviting the viewers to pose questions.
    The Artist Book, Silent Voice reveals the light bulb moment – the trigger for Ramaba’s deeply embedded, sporadic memories. Her stories triggered some of Bunshri’s memories. Their one-to-one interconnectedness was precious. They giggled, laughed together and even shed a few tears.

    Runs: 12 – 23 July 2023

    Open: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday 10am-4pm.

    Private View: Tuesday 11 July 2023 6.00 to 8.00 pm
    Please RSVP by 6 July, 2023

    Gallery: Peggy Jay Gallery, Burgh House, New End Square, London NW3 1LT

    Public transport: Hampstead -Jubilee/Northern line. Hampstead Heath Overground – Thameslink

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