Uneven Symmetry


Vermont Studio Center. Fall 2016


I researched personal and social circumstances of the Russian pioneer of psychoanalysis Sabina Spielrein. While dealing with the letters of Sabina and revealing her personal story and legacy, I addressed the hospitalization in a mental institution with the diagnosis of hysteria, the relationship with Sabina's father and love story with her psychoanalyst Carl Jung.


Thinking about Sabina’s situation as a reflection of mental constructions and structures in the society I created the corridor in the space with two entries. The corridor triggers the feelings of the enclosure,  and nakedness as a result of unsafe environment. The pegboard walls of the corridor are transparent and constraining at the same time.The objects in that space reveal, record and reflect the viewer’s presence.


The projections in Sabina’s head fuel destructive forces and give the meaning to the relationships she had with others and with herself. She hears the voices, that are twitch, agitate, anatomize. They condition the body, perpetuate and dramatize the stagnated stances  through the minimal gestures, outcry, and whispers.