Research Project Title
Generational and Gendered Trauma: How do punitive bodily experiences from the American Civil War relate to Borderline Personality Disorder?
Performance and photography are used to critically assess the role of detachment in violent trauma. Specifically, my project analyses how prolonged experiences of violent objectification, of a person’s body, are carried into the present through maladaptive self-regulatory behaviours. I approach trauma through a behavioural scientific perspective, which refers to work by John Bowlby, Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk, and Dr. Jeffery Young. Case studies include photographs from the American Civil War, and artists, such as Helen Chadwick, Ron Athey, and Marina Abramovic. The goal of my research is to generate an empathic critical portrayal about trauma behind self-injurious coping patterns.
Erin Solomons received her BA (Hons) in Art Practice at Goldsmiths College, and her MA in Photography at the Royal College of Art. Over the past few years, Solomons’ artworks became a part of the Goldsmiths College collection, a finalist in the Celeste Prize in Photography, and received a Magnum Photo graduate award. Within the past year, Solomons was awarded the Wood Institute Travel Grant to conduct research at the College of the Physicians of Philadelphia and the Mütter Museum; and won the Swansea College of Art Book Award.
Fifteenth International Conference:
New Directions for the Humanities
Common Ground Research Network
Curiosity and Cognition: Embodies Things 1400-1900
University of Cambridge
Wood Institute Travel Grant
College of Physicians of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA, USA
Photography + Con(text)
Institute of Archeology
University College London
WEI International Academic Conference
Cambridge, MA, USA
Ninth Global Conference of Probing the Boundaries: Madness
University of Oxford,
Immateriality: Possibilities & Experiences
University for the Creative Arts