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Health (London). 2011 May;15(3):313-34. doi: 10.1177/1363459310397979. Epub 2011 Feb 18.

Claiming justice: knowing mental illness in the public art of Anna Schuleit's 'Habeas Corpus' and 'Bloom'.

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  • 1Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Bowdoin College, 7000 College Station, Brunswick, ME 04011-8470, USA. sbell@bowdoin.edu

Abstract

This study investigates two public art performances by artist Anna Schuleit in the early 2000s commemorating the life and history of two state hospitals ('asylums') in Massachusetts and the people who built, worked, and were patients in them. Public art is made for and sited in the public domain, outside, freely accessible, frequently collaborative, and often ephemeral. This study addresses a series of questions: What can public art 'do' for understanding mental illness? What use is a public art project for those living with (and caring for those who live with) mental illness? How can a public work of art sustain and portray meaning in an expressive way, open up a shared discursive space, and demand witness through embodiment?

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