Gandy Gallery, Bratislava: EASTERIA

Babi Badalov-Nikolay Oleynikov


Opening reception: Tuesday March 11 th from 18.00 to 20.00 in presence of the artist

Exhibition March 11, 2014 – May 16,2014

Hysterical Materialism

From now on, we claim that hysteria should be considered not as an incidental misfortune of singular individuals in bourgeois society, but as an open possibility and a driving force for the class struggle.

…the first thing about hysterical symptom is that it has a certain historical background and refers back to a certain event in the past, a traumatic event, perhaps, deeply forgotten by the hysterical subject. Something deeply forgotten thus nevertheless makes us know about it through a hysterical symptom. Hysteria therefore can be regarded as a kind of memory, an embodied memory, a memory whose subject is a material body of the patient.

Hysteria thus presupposes history, and hysterical materialism can take the historical materiality of the hysterical body as its starting point. As Walter Benjamin says, the angel of hysteria looks back at the past, which still needs to be redeemed, and a hysterical symptom as a memory of the forgotten each time reveals a certain crack in the present, where a traumatic event dwells. Only that hysterical will have the gift of fanning the spark of hope in the past who is firmly convinced that even the dead will not be safe from the enemy if he wins.

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