Pira Cousin

Our everyday lives are saturated by individualism and selfishness. However, the true meaning of our lives is based on our connection with others, and on our ability to take care of each other. It is not possible to measure human dignity by economic standards and productivity.

I photographed my mother and my brother. My brother was diagnosed with schizophrenia when he was still young. He lives in a group home in Haaga, a suburb of Helsinki. My mother takes care of my brother. She often takes him to her home for the weekends.

I often find myself thinking of those who cannot take care of themselves, people who cannot fight for their own rights, people who have no family or friends to look after them when they can’t do it themselves. Who will take care of these people if Finland is governed like a corporation?