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City of Incurable Women

Friday, October 07 - 11:00AM to 11:50AM
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City of Incurable Women pictures the complex lives of the 19th century women, diagnosed as suffering from hysteria by the renowned 19th century neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot, and hospitalized at the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris. Charcot published Iconographie photographique de la Salpêtrière, three volumes of his research including 112 prints of his patients photographed during hysterical episodes, produced at the hospital's on-site studio. Incorporating a broad range of materials, City of Incurable Women layers archival imagery from Iconographie with my own photographs and texts, speculating through the documented accounts of the women's illness. My photographs span a range of historical and contemporary techniques: ambrotypes, gelatin silver prints, and digital ink prints. In my presentation, I will address working with archives as materials and inspiration, the intersections of performance and photography, and how to write like a photographer, that is, how to write alongside and through photographs.


Laura Larson
Laura Larson

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