Birth of the Asylum: For Aleksis Kivi and Rabia of Basra.
“...through madness, a work that seems to drown in the world, to reveal there its non-sense, and to transfigure itself with the features of pathology alone, actually engages within itself the world’s time, masters it, and leads it; by the madness which interrupts it, a work of art opens a void, a moment of silence, a question without answer, provokes a breach without reconciliation where the world is forced to question itself. What is necessarily a profanation in the work of art returns to that point, and, in the time of that work swamped in madness, the world is made aware of its guilt. Henceforth, and through the mediation of madness, it is the world that becomes culpable (for the first time in the Western world) in relation to the work of art; it is now arraigned by the work of art, obliged to order itself by its language, compelled by it to a task of recognition, of reparation, to the task of restoring reason from that unreason and to that unreason. The madness in which the work of art is engulfed is the space of our enterprise, it is the endless path to fulfillment, it is our mixed vocation of apostle and exegete.”
-Michel Foucault, Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason
“[Foucault] started to think about how madness as a category of human identity is produced and reproduced by various rules, systems and procedures which create and separate it from ‘normalcy’. Such systems form what he called ‘the order of discourse’, or the entire conceptual territory on which knowledge is formed and produced. This includes not just what is thought or said but the rules which govern what can be said and what not, what is included as rational and what left out, what is thought of as madness or insubordination and what is seen as sane or socially acceptable.”
“Kivi's health had failed completely in 1870. The collapse was accelerated by typhoid and attacks of delirium and in 1871 he was admitted to the New Clinic, from where he was transferred to the Lapinlahti psychiatric hospital. The doctor treating him, A. T. Saelan, diagnosed him as suffering from melancholia resulting from "injured dignity as a writer". On the basis of the available documents, Kalle Achté concludes that it was a classic case of schizophrenia, triggered by severe states of anxiety”
-Hannes Sihvo, Kivi, Aleksis (1834 - 1872)
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Hami Bahadori (1990) is an artist, activist, organizer and writer based in Helsinki, holding a BA in Photomedia from University of Washington, Seattle and MA from Academy of Fine Arts Helsinki. His art practice challenges the pre-existing memory of a place and questions, ‘who’ is viewing the artwork in a particular space. He makes site-specific works, and occasionally uses media to play with notions of distance, movement, belonging and becoming. Hami has studied and lived in Iran, Turkey, Italy, United States and Finland. Hami is the co-founder of artist group “This Might Not Work” based in Seattle and Helsinki and is also the co-organizer of an autonomous reading group for artists and activists.
Vernissage tisdag 14.8 kl. 17-19.