Prologue to Isha (2005)

 

Prologue to Isha is a six-minute DVD video piece presented on a monitor with headphones. This work envelopes my interests in the machinations of the exchange between photographer and subject, through a revealing documentation of the preparations for a documentary interview with Isha, a woman living with chronic schizophrenia. The piece also constitutes a representation of a person living with mental health issues by suggesting a different state of existence, but denying an explanation, brute typology or the kind of abject freakshow prevalent in the representations of schizophrenia and other mental health conditions in news media and popular culture entertainment.