Portraits of Barbara Sch., 2016
Part of a photographic series of patients with Alzheimer-Disease, 2016
Regina Hügli

Our face is a central space for our identity – both for self-perception and for the perception by others. The older we grow, the more experiences have left their traces in it – life and personality  have had their share in shaping it.

Yet patients with Alzheimer-Disease often can’t recall the details of the life they lived through, the experiences they made. The forgetting person retreats to an inner hide-away, the personality seems absent and present at the same time. The face as space of identity is questioned.

Memory is said to be the constitution of personal identity – what happens to identity, when the memory of personal experiences fades away?

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