Posts Tagged ‘installation’

Lucky you…

So, here’s a little secret (maybe not too much of a secret)… I’m a big nerd. I am into psychoanalytic theory, in particular, trauma and affect theory. I have to say it comes in very handy as a lens with which to view the art and photography I write about on this site. And, if you’re a nerd like me and you’re in the UK right now, you are in luck! You have just a few short days to get to the Camden Arts Centre to view the infamous Chantal Ackerman’s latest installations. She is showing To Walk Next to one’s shoelaces in an Empty Fridge (2004),  that she created based on her grandmother’s diaries of the holocaust. What interests me most about this work is her ability to simultaneously present the cathartic telling and witnessing of that traumatic experience in the same frame. She does this by splitting the frame and in one she and her mother read the diary at the kitchen table, while in the other, a reenactment of what they are reading occurs. Visually it represents the fracture that occurs in the psyche after a traumatic experience and on a deeper level, how it effects the generations to come.