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Saketopoulou, A. (2012). Fairy Tales Gone Mad: Symposium on Nathalie Djurberg's It's the Mother. Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 13(1):53-55.

(2012). Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 13(1):53-55

Fairy Tales Gone Mad: Nathalie Djurberg's It's the Mother

Fairy Tales Gone Mad: Symposium on Nathalie Djurberg's It's the Mother

Avgi Saketopoulou, Psy.D.

This symposium engages with the work of claymation artist Nathalie Djurberg. Djurberg molds and animates plasticine figures with as much precision and skill as she masterfully puppeteers her viewer's affective responses through a blizzard of violence, cruelty, and self/other boundary intrusions. Briefly commenting on some of the questions she proposes we concern ourselves with in her piece It's the Mother, I introduce 4 short commentaries that examine it from the perspective of maternality and its discourses, womanhood and its institutional abuses, internal objects that constitute our worlds with and/or against our consent, and the implications for psychoanalytic practice when a treatment traffics in the relational currency of sadism and masochism.

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