Against Domestication is an examination of power structures and how they might opress a body. In Against Domestication those structures take the shape of gender, sexuality, religion, the family, and the state. In Spectral Evidence Ulrich Baer explores the idea of traumatic experiences registering in and as photographic memories in the mind. Taking this as a departure point, I imagined the project as a form in which to explore the rewriting of trauma.
I wanted to revisit these ‘photographic memories’ or sites of trauma via restagings. Here the camera is utilized as a form of speech. The resulting image acts as a language to communicate the otherwise ineffable. So often trauma takes away the inability to articulate, and memories become obscured.
The act of speaking, making a language, post-trauma, is political.
As Baer says “trauma seems to result from the mind’s inability to edit and place an event within a coherent mental, textual, or historical context in ways that would allow it to become part of lived experience and subsequent memory”, this remaking via photography shapes a new memory in the psyche, where the subject has autonomy and control and where the power is located back to the body,
to do with it what it will.