‘Lifelines Castres’ (Lignes de Vies) aims to combat the loneliness and isolation of the elderly in nursing homes and to foster exchanges between different generations. To create a more compassionate society with kinder and healthier ways of caring for the elderly, within our villages and cities not hidden away behind nursing home doors. The ties built up during the project are a step towards creating a beneficial world where old age is considered a natural outcome to youth and a source of wisdom, where poeple of all ages gain from dialogue and exchange.
The project is also about reclaiming the public space which has been taken over by advertising. We question how the singularly young and photoshopped images which dominate our public space reinforce our dissatisfaction with ourselves, and try to sell us products that will make us look like these models. In contrast, Inside Out Castres offers a range of joyful, beautiful and sometimes wrinkled faces inviting people to rejoice in real people and how each of us can participate in creating more respectful and beneficial models for living and aging.