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IMPACT at Mind Over Matter, April 4th, 2019

What is it?

IMPACT is an interactive art installation that deals with the topics of Alzheimer’s and dementia by focusing on how people associate memory with inanimate object. In this piece, porcelain and ceramic plates, teacups, figurines and other fragile items purchased from several thrift shops in Toronto, still connected with the memories and sentimental value from their previous owners, are placed in the vending machine and sold for 50 cents. Once the viewer purchases a piece, the item falls from its place and shatters at the bottom of the machine, forever destroying any past or present memories associated with the object. By doing this, the piece is asking the viewer to reflect on what happens to a memory once the object it is attached to is destroyed.

The installation and the questions they ask connect with Alzheimer's and dementia since although a person may be affected by these diseases, and their memory fades or disappears completely, their friends and family either hold on to the memories once shared with that person, or find that those memories become soured and are no longer associated with the person who they know now, a majority of whom are now a shadow of their former selves. For people with the diseases, they rely on things such as objects, photographs and music to revive the memory inside of them.

This installation is meant to be discussion and thought provoking since these diseases are difficult and uncomfortable for many to confront and converse about. IMPACT is meant to share how Alzheimer’s and dementia have affected the artist personally, and to make others aware of how essential it is to create a financial, legal and caregiving plan for their elderly parent’s future.

IMPACT at Mind Over Matter, April 4th, 2019


This piece was created with the generous funding by OMNI Healthcare, Schlegel Villages, Roger & Mary Alberton, Elena Ciarlandini, Chris Weber, Chris Clarke, Lisa Kulchyski, Consuelo Bedoya, Leonard Bernardo, Elena Brajuka and Daria Hensiorowsky.


The installation premiered privately at the Together We Care 2019 Expo in Toronto, Ontario on April 2nd & 3rd, 2019, and publicly at the Mind Over Matter: Art for Alzheimer’s art exhibition in Toronto, Ontario on April 4th, 2019.

The installation appeared for public viewing at the Columbus Centre in Toronto from August 15th-31st after it's opening reception on the evening of August 14th, 2019. This installation is currently on hiatus.


After its debut in April of 2019, Deron Hamel of Axion News wrote a piece for OMNI Health Care on the story of IMPACT and its engagement in the OLTCA conference.

To read part 1/2, click here. To read part 2/2, click here.

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The artist, Sara Dalla Guarda, with IMPACT at Mind Over Matter on April 4th, 2019.
Photo by Drew Williamson, SNAPD Downtown Toronto.

Resources on Understanding, Preventing, Planning & Living with Alzheimer's & Dementia

IMPACT at Mind Over Matter, April 4th, 2019