2012 | HDV | multiple-screen installation
Co-directed with Mieke Bal | Curated by Joanne Morra
Multi-lingual with English subtitles
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September 20th - November 19th 2012
Freud Museum, London
Supported by Arts Council of England, Central Saint Martins London
KNAW & Mondrian Foundation, Netherlands
In the house where Freud made his home with his daughter Anna, after fleeing from Nazi persecution, we were invited to exhibit the analysis of the so-called ‘schizophrenic’ Sissi cut up in short fragments, representing single sessions each.
Freud doubted that such patients, categorized generally as psychotic, could be helped with psychoanalysis. The reason for his doubt was that psychotics were incapable of reaching into their past and hence, of the transference necessary to achieve ‘working through’.
Both honouring Freud’s thought and taking issue with this judgment because of its devastating indictment that sentences psychotics to life-long paralysis by drugs and/or hospitalization, we visualize the work of Françoise Davoine to politely contradict Freud in his own home.