One day, at 94, Jiji’s life was turned “down-side-up” by Kinako the Cat. Until Jiji was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, he was a very outgoing man, but he gradually lost interest in life and became grumpier than ever. Kinako the Cat turned that around. This exhibition shows how the border between animals and humans melts. Although Alzheimer’s is a disease that brings sadness and loneliness because of its hollowness, in that hollowness there are points of light that are moments of pure joy, no matter how ephemeral they may be. Akiko hopes that through this exhibition, the viewers will be filled with Jiji and Kinako’s love, joy, and warmth.
Akiko DuPont is a documentary photographer based in Tokyo and London. She is interested in how people experience the world and focuses on allowing the subjects’ messages to shine through the photographs she takes.
Her works have appeared in publications including The Washington Post, The Huffington Post Japan and goo.gl/LNWDGn.
Part of the sales will be donated by Akiko to the Alzheimer’s Society. https://
The world of Jiji and Kinako through photographs printed on Japanese traditional paper, washi.
Photography exhibition by Akiko DuPont at Sway Gallery London (70-72 Old Street, EC1V 9AN London)
Thursday, 12 April to Wednesday, 25 April 2018
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 11am – 7pm
Sat (21 April only): 12pm – 6pm
Opening Reception 12 April: 6 – 8pm; to book you place, please click here.