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Tulca Project

Few things haunt us as deeply as the injustices of the past. As Michael Levan notes, trauma remains etched "unexorcisably in the places of its perpetration, in the bodies of those affected, in the eyes of the witnesses, and in the politics of memory" – a truth clearly evident on today's global stage. 

My practice revolves around place and the narratives and histories imbued therein. 

While exploring an asylum building site, I was struck by the profound intensity and resonance within the walls of the building that is immediately palpable. 

In this body of work, I have transposed a series of glass photo prints taken at the site onto a Victorian Stereoscopic viewing device. The stereoscopic viewer, augmented by the layers of glass images, conjures a three-dimensional illusion of the old asylum's interior. Through this optical interplay, we are compelled to peer through the twin lenses and confront both architectural history and the institutionalized confinement of individuals deemed mentally or physically unwell. 

In my exploration, I am drawn to the belief that places retain the residual energies of their past inhabitants, a notion woven through the interplay of human experience and environmental context. 

The deliberate choice to portray an old asylum from the Victorian era through this medium, asks the viewer to reflect on themes of confinement, marginalization, and the human condition, prompting contemplation of how these themes echo in today's environment. The stereoscopic viewer serves as a tool for viewers to enter into a constructed world, offering a layered experience of immersion and illusion.

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