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Disciplinary Institutions (Photography & Video)
Disciplinary Institutions
Photography & Video, 2009 - ongoing
In “Discipline and Punish”, Michel Foucault defines “Disciplinary Institutions” as places where people are made usefuland obedient through the repression of any deviation from the norm.In this series, I explore places used to make undesirable and/orhelpless people disappear discretely such as Magdalene convents (usedto imprison women), mental asylums and workhouses. Rather than purelydocumenting the buildings, I am interested in showing how the longgone inmates keep imprinting these places long after they are dead,and the malevolent aura still cast by those buildings in collectivememory.
Disciplinary Institutions (Photography & Video)