Pia Herc [1976] HR

Biography

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I am born because my mother is against abortion as a deadly sin

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From the age of four my mother hits me violently whenever I ask about my father, who I know nothing about

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From the age of nine I play basketball and my mother rewards me

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At the age of eleven I defend myself from my mother’s sadistic abuse and humiliation of me

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At the age of fourteen I lose any prospect of a career in sport

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At the age of fourteen I leave school and am beaten by my sisters and my mother

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At the age of fourteen I try to kill myself so that my mother will be rid of me

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At the age of sixteen I drop out of my course and help Bosnian refugees in a UN refugee camp

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At the age of sixteen I learn from UN peacekeepers to smoke dope and to use XTC and LSD

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When I am sixteen my mother forbids me to marry a Muslim Arab

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At the age of seventeen I have a job and I can afford to take speed, LSD, XTC, hash, marijuana and magic mushrooms at techno parties

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At the age of nineteen I fall in love with the party dealer and we get into a symbiotic relationship

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At the age of nineteen I am adopted by my mother-in-law as a much-loved daughter

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At the age of nineteen I use heroin as a downer after consuming extreme quantities of cocaine, XTC and speed

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At the age of twenty-two I am happy within our junkie relationship

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At the age of twenty-two I am clean and happy with the birth of the first of our four children

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From the age of twenty-three my husband takes care of the drugs and money and I make sure we have a nice home

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When I am twenty-three my mother reports me to the police to get my children taken away from me

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When I am twenty-three the police threatens to take my children away if I don’t confess to an offence

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At the age of twenty-six I am relieved after my mother’s death and miss the continuation of our conflict

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At the age of twenty-nine I am put in a coma while on remand so that I will survive withdrawal

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At the age of thirty I take methadone while my husband is in detention and suffer from the unbearable separation of living apart from him

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At the age of thirty-two I am sentenced to time in prison, I am clean, and I despair at being separated from my husband and my children

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At the age of thirty-two I feel guilty about what my children are suffering

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.