Some time ago we were contacted by NRK photographer Anders. M. Leines ( 51) who was diagnosed with Parkinson´s disease a few years ago when he was 47 . As he had an idea that he wanted to create a portable “room” to show his photos showing the different faces of the disease and immediately we thought of Stage. In the end the exhibition consists of two curved walls on 5,5x 2.3 meters that creates a “room” you can go into
You can also follow the project on Facebook in Norweigan. We look forward hoping they will let it grow and that they will print the kit in English as well, as requested by many on their Facebook page.
If you do a Google search for “Parkinson’s disease” one of the first images you get is this drawing showing this old hunching man made about 130 years ago made by Sir William R. Gowes. This is the general image of Parkinson’s disease. So Anders was surprised when he went to conferences and meetings met people his own age with the disease. And he thought about ways he could contribute to changing the image of Parkinson´s. Leines would create awareness and create something new. He would photograph the young.
– When I talk to those who have Parkinson´s, and not looking at the external blemishes, they are full of life inside. That’s what I wanted to photograph. I want them to look good. (Anders. M Leines)
Therefore “This is Parkinson” is a photographic exhibition by Anders M. Leines with the aim to change our picture of Parkinson’s disease.
“This is Parkinson ” is funded by the “Barne-, ungdoms-, og familiedirektoratet“ Children, Youth and Family Affairs . Initiators photographer / journalist Anders M. Leines and medical doctor Sonja Fossum who both have Parkinson’s.
The exhibition was first shown on Norwegian Parkinson Association big 30 – year anniversary on November 10 at Center for Architecture and Design by the cultural church Jacob in Oslo.
The exhibition is already much asked for and will travel Norway throughout the winter.
All photos and responsible for the exhibition , Anders M. Leines .