Two Generations in the Asylum

Timothy Kelly’s extraordinary video has so much to contribute to arenas of inquiry within the medical humanities. These include: how and through which aesthetic forms we represent asylum histories and ‘patient experiences’ of those histories; on the representation — and transmission — of memory and trauma; on historical geographies of the asylum; on history ‘from below’ …

Malingering Normal

Moccasin Bend


In the 1960’s my mother was a patient in Moccasin Bend, a state mental institution in Tennessee. In the 1990’s, I became a patient there.

In 2008 I created this video as part of a larger project. The project was a place-based exploration of Moccasin Bend, both in terms of these experiences, but also in terms of land use.

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