Image: Mladen Hrvanovic

Image: Mladen Hrvanovic


For a dialogue to form, the process requires another. When another is presented the dialogue becomes a dichotomy. Do we adopt another persona according to who we are talking to and how genuine is that chat? According to David Bohm, no one wins a dialogue; a dialogue is an exploratory process and does not work towards a goal. However, Mikhail Bakhtin held that relationships and connections exist among all living beings, and that dialogue creates a new understanding of a situation that demands change.

Dialogue can be seen as an exchange but this exchange is not always equal or amicable, it can manifest into an emotional charge, disagreements, it may lead to conflicts, irrationality, fake romances, or jealous contingencies. Does dialogue hinder us or further us?

Ellen Nolan

C-Type digital print

‘Previous Personality’ explores the artist’s relationship to her mother as she recedes into dementia. Ellen Nolan documented herself and her mother in key moments over two years, to explore the journey of reversal and erosion.
Nolan started photographing herself and her mother when her mother stopped recognising her as her daughter.