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Francis Joiris

I was born in 1955 and now live in Liège, Belgium. In short, I have lived a full life, with a permanent attraction to the arts. I am an artist specializing in photography, graphic arts and decoration. In 2000, the ax fell. My diagnosis: Parkinson's disease.

I continued my career, trying to act as if nothing had changed, but things did change. The disease was gaining ground, the honeymoon period was over and the side effects grew more and more significant. In 2011, I had to end my career for health reasons.

I then sought another artistic approach that allowed me to express myself while struggling against the progression of Parkinson's disease and in perfect accordance with the team of neurologists who tracked its state.

My discovery of cardboard and the potential of this complex medium changed the course of my existence. I produced tables from this material and my works were attracting growing interest. Exhibitions followed in Belgium and abroad to France, London and New York in 2015. An atypical artist was born!

Although I am an artist, I am also a patient who must take into account my Parkinson’s, or "Miss Parki" as I call it, with whom I have to negotiate constantly. So I adapted. I reduced the length of my work sessions, started taking naps, accepted help to mount exhibitions and organized my trip to the U.S. with the help of a medical team.

In November 2014, I underwent deep brain stimulation surgery and was implanted with a brain stimulator.  I began feeling much better, despite frequent disruptions in my speech. The amount of medicine I take has fallen sharply since surgery and therefore their side effects as well, allowing me hope to continue my artistic research for many years.

I was trained in photography (I was a pupil of Hubert Grooteclaes), graphic arts and decoration. I have worked in these sectors and in advertising as a production manager, while being a lecturer at various institutes.

My work can be seen at the Agora Gallery in New York City.

 

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