ERIC Number: EJ1166230
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Mental Illness within Family Context: Visual Dialogues in Joshua Lutz's Photographic Essay "Hesitating Beauty"
Arts and Humanities in Higher Education: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice, v17 n1 p84-103 Feb 2018
The status of photography within medical arts or humanities is still insecure. Despite a growing number of published photographic essays that disclose illness experience of an individual and how illness affects close relatives, these works have received relatively little scholarly attention. Through analysis of Joshua Lutz's "Hesitating Beauty" (2012) which documents his mother who was suffering from schizophrenia, this article will explore how the photographic essay attempts to reconstruct a dialogue between mother and son out of fragmented, broken and undeveloped communications, and in the process how it challenges representation itself, on which it is dependent. The focus of the analysis is on identifying and illuminating the intimate space that opens between the photographer and the photographed person and that provides new forms of communication as well as uncovers existing forms of knowledge that is shared between them. This paper will also assess the political and cultural significance of such representation.
Descriptors: Mental Disorders, Family (Sociological Unit), Photography, Visual Aids, Schizophrenia, Mothers, Sons, Interpersonal Communication
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