Could you watch my Mom for a moment? – Empathy object #3
Street performance, soft sculpture and film 2019
Film: Rasoul Khorram and Jaakko Pentikäinen
Edit: Jenni-Juulia Wallinheimo-Heimonen
Length: 05:37 min
Soft sculpture: Jenni-Juulia Wallinheimo-Heimonen
Soft sculpture and street performance where I push my mother in the streets in a hospital bed. I stop people and ask if they could watch my mom for a moment while I pick up coffee, do shopping or use a bathroom. When I return after a few minutes, we discuss about ageing and what is currently happening in home care and nursing homes.
In 2018-2019 the care crisis in Finland went viral. Authorities have inspected hundreds of nursing homes after receiving feedback from relatives. They have found serious lack of trained staff, problems with reporting the use of medicines and even food shortages. Several nursing homes have been closed due to serious neglects. With this street performance I collect ground level, subjective information about the care services.