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“MAMMA, In The Meantime” Exhibition
Villa Charities will present Canadian-Italian artist Tony Luciani’s exhibition “MAMMA, In the Meantime,” with support from the Alzheimer Society, from February 15 – April 3, 2018 at the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery in the Columbus Centre. The exhibition tells the story of Tony and his mother Elia as they embark on a journey of discovery where art becomes the perfect medium to express the grief and wonders of living with dementia.
“This is an outstanding artistic event showcasing a photographer’s creative approach to a subject that is at once very personal, yet also universal,” said Emanuele Lepri, Executive Director of Cultural Programming, Villa Charities. “The artwork that Tony Luciani has produced in collaboration with his mother Elia Celli Luciani is highly relevant to our community of seniors.”
Luciani’s work artfully tackles a difficult and timely subject with warmth and empathy, demonstrating how an artist and his muse can symbiotically succeed in delivering a message of hope. Elia’s strong features, wearing the signs of years past with pride, lead viewers into unknown territories, made of simple discoveries, renewed pleasures and everyday struggles.
Art can have great benefits for people living with dementia. Tony’s work demonstrates that life does not end at diagnosis. This series will create awareness of dementia , help end the stigma associated with being diagnosed and show the benefits of receiving help.
“Tony Luciani and Elia have generously donated their poignant and personal photo series to the Alzheimer Society,” said Stephen Musehl, Executive Director, Alzheimer Society of Grey-Bruce. “It is our sincere hope that their tremendous work can help create greater awareness and reduce the stigma associated with Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias.”
This significant multimedia installation, co-curated by Flavio Belli, brings to life Villa Charities’ mission of promoting and celebrating the outstanding artistic experiences that reflect Italian culture, and providing care for seniors in the community.
Villa Charities would like to thank the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Italiano in Toronto for partnering on programming activities connected to the exhibition. More details will follow about the associated events.