HELLER IKKE JEG DØMMER DEG
Heller ikke jeg dømmer deg (Neither do I condemn thee) is a collaborative art project between Anne Kristin Myrseth, Dr. Øyvind Thomassen and me.
Heller ikke... makes use of an artistic approach with a scientific grounding, in an attempt to broaden our understanding of lifeworlds that few of us know much about today, and which rarely becomes a part of public discourse.
The exhibition and installation are based on authentic material from mentally deranged criminals (so-called) and relatives, such as letters, medical journals, and recorded interviews from the archives of Trondheim Criminal Asylum and Reitgjerdet Psychiatric Hospital. We make use of this material along with original art works and installations.
The title of the project is a biblical quote taken from one of the three glass paintings in the church room at Brøset Psychiatric Hospital (prev. Reitgjerdet), made by Gabriel Kielland in the 1920's.
Heller ikke... premiered at Aure Kunstforening on March 19 2016 and will be shown in its second incarnation at Nordlandsmuseet in October 2017. The exhibition is adoptable and can be shown in several formats for different rooms, galleries and venues.
"Trods dette min pene opførsel blev jeg smid i jern til veggen i 10 maaneder og maatte bære jern i et aar. Derpaa satte man mig indom dette jernbur"
- Lars Erikson, 1897 (patient)
Stairway at Brøset Psychiatric Hospital
Books on social work, bound by patients
Church room at Brøset Psychiatric Hospital