The Turning

2021

Traumatic events can be understood as a fragmenting of consciousness and memory and exist as wordless experiences in the psyche. The event sits in the memory unable to be categorized or integrated. In this work I am exploring fragmentation while also drawing on Freud’s concept of repeating traumatic material as a means of reclamation. The video documents a return to a site of a traumatic event. My body is obscured, destabilizing identity and I am in movement as a way of attempting to claim a narrative. The Turning refers to the moment when traumatic memory becomes integrated.