I’m Not Dead Yet is the name of a collection of pastel and charcoal portraits of older people, created by Norfolk based artist, Malca Schotten.
The portraits are complemented by the sitters’ personal stories, both in written form (on this blog) and in a short film, made by teenagers working with BBC Voices (the film is also on this site).
Explore the pages and posts listed on the right of the screen, to find out how the collection was created during the summer of 2013.
As people get older they can begin to feel that they are invisible and that their contributions to society are not recognised or appreciated.
I’m Not Dead Yet sets out to challenge that attitude and to make people – of whatever age – think again!
During the summer of 2013 Malca created a ‘pop up studio’ in the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library, inside the Forum, and spent hours with her sitters, capturing their faces, stories, loves, lives and personalities on huge canvases.
At the same time young film makers, learning their craft with the help of BBC Voices (also located inside The Forum), recorded the sitters’ stories, their conversations with Malca and the creative process in the ‘studio’.
By the autumn, 15 new portraits were ready to be exhibited. They went on show in The Forum, the Library, at Norwich Cathedral, Norwich Theatre Royal, the Assembly House, the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital and at the Bridewell Museum.
The I’m Not Dead Yet film went on show on The Forum’s Fusion Screen, which is always open to the public and free to enter from 10am – 4.30pm, Mon – Sat.
You can click below to watch the film on the Forum’s You Tube channel.
Download the INDY Catalogue 2013 to read more about the individuals featured in the portraits.
On the right hand side of this page you will find posts from Malca, which tell the story of the whole project, from an exploratory chat over a coffee to a fabulous exhibition in key venues across the city of Norwich.
And now, you can borrow the portraits for your own venue. Because Malca, The Forum, and all the people involved in this project feel so passionately about its message, there is no charge!
Click on the Exhibition on Tour in 2014 page, top right, to find out more.
Finally, many thanks to the Arts Council, the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library, BBC Voices, Age UK Norfolk, Age UK Norwich and Norwich Older People’s Forum, among others.