Actor and multidisciplinary artist, cultural and social entrepreneur, social innovator, proche-aidant to my mother, general and artistic director Un et un font mille, 49 years old

François Grisé's artistic practice is multidisciplinary. It encompasses the codes of theater, performance, installation and visual arts.

His creations question our relationship to ourselves, to places, to individual and collective space. They invite people to encounter and break taboos in the face of obvious but mysterious realities such as death, belonging to the cycle of nature and aging.

His works ask the questions: What happens when we take the time to question our presence in this world? They question and reframe the temporary and precarious nature of living beings. This exposure of the impermanence of our existence amplifies the sensation and awareness of being alive.

Amongst all of the questions that resonate with you about aging and growing old, which one seems the most essential for you that you would like to share ?

In our bonds and reflections around aging, how can we remain conscious of the fact that seniors are self-determined humans, whatever their circumstances?

Share an image you find inspiring about aging

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From your own experiences, tell us about a significant moment or event in your personal or professional life that shaped your perspective around aging.

When my parents moved into a senior’s residence, I came to realize we were – my parents, my family and I - in such denial about aging and the aging process. We made that decision not knowing the consequences. We made that choice with some kind of burdened innocence, feeling – like so many people – that there were “no other choices”. That moment was some kind of a lightning strike as to how much education and imagination there is to have in front of those realities, how much opportunities for choice they offer. In myself, with my parents, in my society. It transformed my perspective in many ways. It was an occasion to realize how much we often lacked freedom in how we envisaged the many transitions and changes that come with aging; an occasion to realize how much I – we – tend to be disconnected from nature and the natural processes; an occasion to see there are ways to regain a response-ability in front of this natural state of affairs. More so, it was an occasion to get to feel and understand that it is almost impossible to live a full life when we are – or made to feel – disconnected, isolated and alone. That is the deepest impact in my life. I got to feel and understand that belonging - in ourselves, in our families and in our different communities - is an essential part of a wholesome human experience at whatever age.

During our meetings last October, you imagined taking some first steps, the first actions. Can you remind us what they were? Can you tell us what happened when you put them into action?

If, in the coming months, you were given the time, energy and resources to set up a (new?) Project with our common questions at heart, what would it be?

According to your experiences and your expertise, where is the vitality, the curiosity, the strength to act in the face of the realities of aging?