Kristine Stam [1959] CH

Biography

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I am the devoted child of my theomaniacal mother

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At age eight, I am sexually abused by my father

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At age nine, my father attempts to rape me

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At age ten, I deliberately injure myself to blackmail my father

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At age fifteen, I am raped by a stranger, busted by the police, and accused by my mother

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At age fifteen, I anaesthetize myself with medicine

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At age sixteen, I run away from home, live together with a man and get pregnant

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At age seventeen, I am forced to marry the father of my child in order not to be expelled from my mother’s church

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At age eighteen, my husband begins to abuse me

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At age eighteen, I shoot heroine, work while addicted, and look after my beloved child

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At age twenty, I leave my husband, live with my parents, and work professionally as a dealer

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At age twenty-four, I manage a restaurant with my HIV-positive lover and take care of him until his death

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At age thirty-one, I love a drug-addicted woman and live happily

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At age thirty-seven, I contact my father in order to forgive him

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At age thirty-eight, I fear life, alone

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At age thirty-nine, I am being observed by the police, and am charged for openly dealing in heroine

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At age forty, I am arrested and sentenced to four years imprisonment

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At age forty, I submit to legally imposed treatment and confess my addiction to my son

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At age forty-two, I am clean, depressed, and cannot endure life in sobriety

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At age forty-two, I fall in love with a former drug addict, experience unprecedented understanding, and no longer defend myself through verbal violence

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At age forty-three, I break of treatment, and fall back into polytoxicomaniacal drug abuse

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At age forty-six, I am treated a full year for advanced liver cirrhosis

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At age forty-seven, I live in prison

From a dialogue with the participant and with the aid of the matrix a biography of basic facts is developed, which portrays the person’s life as a sequence of events and decisions, of acts and reactions.

The texts of the biographies are spoken by the participants themselves, and recorded for the audio modules of the Baby Dolls and the project’s audio archive.