Kristyn Vinkour / Gennie’s got a gun

Posted on June 28, 2014 by



Kristyn Vinkour:I feel it is important for the story of Gennie to be told and for people to know the injustices she and many others were subjected to.”


Place: Manteno State Hospital, a mental asylum in Manteno, Illinois.

Subject: Genniepatient.


Kristyn Vinkourtook took the documents of one patient named ”Gennie” and made a project out of it, named The Gennie Sessions:


The text on the walls:

The Gennie Sessions – – –

Upon her admission, a physician noted that Gennie was neat, clean, tidy. Extremely quiet, but friendly and agreeable, cooperative. In ward and routine. Later, he charted “no active signs of pathology.”
The examiner probing for paranoid tendencies asked if she had any enemies. “Everyone has,” Gennie said. Her brother was an enemy because he had threatened to hurt her.

The therapist asked Gennie what she would do if she were released from the asylum.
Gennie said she would like to have a job, clothes, some books.
She would buy powder and have some teeth extracted.

The therapist noted that Gennie had repeated a statement several times during the examination, “a person that is 25 years old should be away from family entanglements.”
Several months later, Gennie was subjected to hydro-therapy, repeatedly plunged in and out of ice water. Afterwards she asked: Is life a farce?

Shortly after her admission, a physician asked Gennie if life was worth living. “What I have of it is,” she replied. She felt normal except for the stigma of insanity.

Gennie had been given 40 insulin “treatments” and had undergone 14 bouts of electroshock therapy. How had she responded: Gennie was idle, rather unfriendly, does not mingle well with others, talks in a disagreeable way. She is not especially neat or clean.




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(Acestea sunt singurele fotografii ale proiectului pe care le-am putut găsi, puteți participa adăugând, dacă aveți/ați găsit și altele, eu clar aș vrea să le văd.)