In the house of Doctor Charcot—currently the Maison de l’Amerique Latine in Paris—there’s a plaque stating that: “Professor Jean-Martin Charcot, born in Paris on November 29, 1825, founder of the school of La Salpêtrière, lived in this house from 1884 until his death on August 16, 1893…”
The piece proposes the creation of a large floating swarm of figures of hysterical women. This intervenes in one of the reception rooms in the house of the French psychiatrist who, at La Salpêtrière Hospital, was who conceived the concept of hysteria.
The piece intends to construct an opposing image to the positivist classification of Charcot’s cases and to propose hysteria as a historical and symptomatic concept that takes part in the questioning of social topics concerning the definition of women, in crisis at the end of the 19th Century, and which would be part of the movements of female emancipation.
CURATED BY: ALBERTINE DE GALBERT
- L’Effet Charcot (The Charcot Effect)
30,000 printed figures of hysterical women and rubber stamps on the wall