punctum

Punctum, as described by Roland Barthes in his iconic book Camera Lucida  as the element within a photograph that creates a psychological charge that ruptures the conscious mind of the viewer. This video piece, which is a stand alone work in its own right is part of a larger installation that extends this factor to the intense emotion turmoil experienced following loss. Research into contemporary attitudes towards death, loss and grief has exposed a society increasingly reluctant to engage in these issues which are an integral part of the human condition. Psychoanalyst and Author Darian Leader points to contemporary societies inability to process loss as they key factor behind the exponential increases in anxiety and depression.  This work intends to engage the viewer at a direct and intense level and offer a moment of mutual recognition of the debilitating trauma of loss, in an attempt to raise awareness, debate and ultimately healing.

Punctum installation

Punctum installation

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