Theatre of Hysteria
Theatre of Hysteria is a body of work that seeks to explore the medical mistreatment, and manipulation of the female psyche under 19th century psychiatry. As well as the diagnosis of hysteria in relation to societal oppression, and gender hierarchy. Drawing connections between neurologist Jean Martin-Charcot's transformation of patient into performer (1862-93), particularly in the case of Augustine, with notions of the circus. The viewer is invited to consider the relationship between signifiers of authority, and the abuse of power. Theatre of Hysteria examines how prescriptions to treat hysteria, such as Silas Weir Mitchel's 'The Rest Cure' (1860), drove patients - who were typically female - further into insanity. Enforcing that they remain dependant on, and malleable under, patriarchal society.
Magnus Beiermann • Holly Charles • Catie Close • Melissa Fraser • Emily Gardner • Niamh Hejsak • Katie Huitson • Craig Lyon • Silje Løvstad • Charlotte Macaulay • Lauren Norris • Maia Pavey • Ben Sharp • William Thomas •