A new exhibition is ‘making the invisible, visible’ by putting seniors in the spotlight, with the aim of breaking down negative attitudes towards older generations.
Visible Me is a photographic project by Feros Care and Katie Hooper Art that showcases the beauty, wisdom and history of 29 seniors aged 73 to 100 – both in digital form and for a limited time at the Robina Community Centre.
Feros Care Creative Marketing Lead Tarnya Sim told myGC she hopes the exhibit is a reminder that seniors should be valued and celebrated.
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“We hear so often that seniors feel invisible, that people walk past them in the street, don’t ask them questions, don’t acknowledge them. This was to prove that behind every face is an extraordinary story,” she said.
“Each story has been unique, and just proves the point that every wrinkle defines someone’s life story.
“We’ve got Australia’s first female jockey, we’ve got a man who bought skipping to Australia, we’ve got a lady who qualified for two Olympics, and we have a man who walked with Fred Astaire and Ava Gardner for the launch of On The Beach movie as a Hollywood editor.”
The portraiture series shows the contrast between feeling invisible and feeling seen, with each image reflecting the individual’s unique personality and style.
“Working with these seniors has changed my entire perspective on ageing and I want those who engage with the exhibit to feel the same,” said artist Katie Hooper.
“These seniors are putting themselves out there as best they can and all they want in return is to be recognised as an equal part of society.”
Visible Me will be on display at the Robina community Centre Art Gallery from March 24 – April 4, 2022. The digital exhibition can be found at www.feroscare.com.au/visibleme.