The Mortality of Vicente – Güines, Cuba
Vincente is 87 years old and in the final stages of dementia. He is cared for by his daughter who is also caring for her bedridden mother. Even though he can’t communicate and suffers from memory loss his daughter has placed him in the doorway so he can still be a part of family life. The juxtaposition of Vicente lying on his bed and the tapestry on the wall depicting a bullfight both reflect the impending reality of what will be the inevitable. In the case of the Bull one can visualize the cheering of spectators as he finally succumbs to the matador in comparative to the mourning that will be experienced by a loving family for their father.