Irmá has Cri du Chat syndrome, a rare congenital disease involving chromosomal abnormality caused by a terminal or interstitial autosomal deletion of the short arm of chromosome 5, which has an estimated incidence of 1 in 20-50,000 births And I am her sister. I started photographing her when we were kids. It was our favourite game. It brought us closer and helped us to connect with each other. Something that would otherwise have been impossible. More than 20 years later, we continue playing and Irmá has become an on-going project, an act of exploring and discovering which, even though it started many years ago, has now taken on a rather more serious and structured form, a more conscious determination than was present in those childish photos that amused us so much when we were children. It will continue to be the tool with which I contemplate my sister, in a studied and intentional manner, seeking to learn more about her and her world.
So this is a project of, and for, life.
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