Forget me knot
This year marks the tenth anniversary of my dad's death from mesothelioma: a very painful incurable cancer whose only known cause is exposure to asbestos. There are around 4,000 deaths annually from this disease and the trend is rising. The Greater Manchester Asbestos Victim Support Group are formidable political campaigners, experts on asbestos regulations, laws and health and safety. Sharing these inspirational women's heartbreaking journeys from diagnosis to death and beyond will stay with me always. I asked the women featured here, given one last conversation with your loved one, what would you want to say? Multiplicity visualises the surreal nether world that the bereaved and grieving inhabit after the beauty of normal daily life has been destroyed by asbestos.
Jan Adamska • Marie-Claire Ashcroft • Barbara Balmer • Christopher Bethell • Lisa Blagg • Catherine Blamphin • Erica Brejaart • Casey Carlin • Rick Danks • Graham Douglas • Viv Gottlieb • Natasha Halliwell • Lynda Haney • Sophie Johnson • Katherine Marlor • Emma McKay • Johanna Steward • Fatima Yadollahi •