Repetition and the thirst trap of trauma in Carolina Bianchi's The Bride & the Goodnight Cinderella
In July 2023 the NYT described a recently-debuted piece by artist Carolina Bianchi as “ethically murky.” In this piece, Bianchi knocks herself unconscious by drinking the same spiked cocktail that was used to rape her 10 years prior. For the rest of the performance, her body remains on the stage where choreography and projected text raise critical questions about memory, repetition, and how trauma can inflect sexual desire. Bianchi’s work is uncompromisingly traumatophilic: by taking us into the claustrophobic experience of her rape. Dr. Saketopoulou uses Bianchi's provocation to reflect on the tendency to be drawn back to the site of one’s wounds (traumatophilia). Eschewing the nexus of repetition compulsion, traumatophilia concerns the brutal adjacencies between trauma and eroticism. Reflecting on the annexation of the sexual by violence, this talk shows how infantile sexuality and the constitution of the sexual unconscious open to questions of ethics and consent. And it fleshes out the clinical perils of traumatophobic thinking, when we remain fixated on trauma as something possible to heal or repair.
Saturday April 20, 2024, 10:00am - 12:00pm Avgi Saketopoulou, PsyD Zoom 2 CEs