Disciplinary Institutions

In “Discipline and Punish”, Michel Foucault defines “Disciplinary Institutions” as places where people are made obedient through the preemptive repression of any deviation from the norm. In this series, I explore places used to make undesirable and/or helpless people disappear discretely such as Magdalene convents (used to imprison women), mental asylums (where queer people and gender deviants were subjected to forced ‘treatment’) and workhouses. Rather than purely documenting the buildings, I am interested in showing how the long gone inmates keep imprinting these places long after they are dead, and the malevolent aura still cast by those buildings in collective memory.

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