Indoors: experiences of older people during lockdown
Older people are at the centre of the COVID-19 pandemic emergency. Age is a proven risk-factor in disease complications, and people over 65 are officially perceived to be a vulnerable group for whom self-isolation can be especially important. However, despite this focus on older people, the experiences of older people in lockdown have received less attention. This exhibition seeks to bring those experiences into the spotlight.
Through the images and stories of older Londoners and their neighbours in lockdown in spring 2020, this photography exhibition opens the door to the lived realities of coping and connecting among a community commonly perceived as among society’s most vulnerable.
This exhibition is a new collaboration between the photographer Adam Isfendiyar and researchers from the University of Oxford’s Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities and Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit. Join us in taking a closer look at the stories of older people and their families managing the ups and downs of lockdown from the doorsteps of East London.
The exhibition is part of the Being Human Festival 2020: the UK's only national festival of the humanities. To read the full interviews see Adam’s website.
TO VIEW THE PHOTOS IN EACH GALLERY, FOLLOW THE TITLE LINKS BELOW AND CLICK ON ANY IMAGE.
WHAT CAN I DO?
Life under lockdown comes with many challenges for older people. These concern every member of society, because we all want to have the opportunity to live a good life today and in the future - regardless of how old we are right now.
Each and every one of us can do something to create a society where older people are included and treated fairly, during a time of national crisis. From checking up on neighbours and sustaining local charities to respecting others’ boundaries, we can all play a role in creating a society where everyone can feel secure and supported.
"What is happening at the moment is an event that everyone in the world can connect with and I wanted to be able to help to build connection through identification with others in a time of isolation. I have been overwhelmed at the positive responses from people and at the sense of community that I’ve seen building around the parts of East London that I’ve visited. I am also very grateful that I am getting to meet new people everyday and hear their stories. It’s keeping me busy and connected and that’s important right now."
Adam Isfendiyar, photographer