The life of Mrs. Singleton 
2015
archival photo, drawings, map 18th C., pigment print, magic-lantern glass slides, sculpture from cardboard sheets, oak showcase with glass cover, custom-made bambus/metall display tables
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In the annotations to one of his paralipomena Sigmund Freud refers to Mamie Singleton, a rare case of insecto and nyctohylophobia. Gibraltar-born Mamie Singleton moved in early age to London where she married a senior official of the British Colonial Office, with whom she travelled extensively to the Near East, Africa and Asia. On a trip with her husband she loses one of her children in a fatal accident. Ever since this event she suffers from anxiety attacks and hallucinations. During a stay in Vienna she begins a brief treatment with Freud. Shortly afterwards Mrs. Singleton abandons her husband and children to follow an Italian archaeologist in the Levante who was involved in excavations in Cyprus. In 1898 she undertakes a trip to Palestine where all trace of her is lost. The installation deals with various stations and events in the life of Mrs. Singleton. On the display tables we see artifacts from the artist’s archive, among others magic-lantern-slides from the late 19th century and an original map from 1798 depicting paradise on earth that cynically corresponds to today’s most contested regions in the Near and Middle East. The different juxtaposed items generate a narrative that is imbued with a sense of the uncanny. Psychology, history and alterations of perception interweave within an artificially constructed context.