Renske Westra [1972] NL

Biography

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I am born prematurely and survive my disability

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At age two, I am taken out of the hospital and brought home

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As a young child, I am being treated as a deformed child by my parents and punished at school for lagging behind in my development

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At age eight, I start drinking my alcoholic father’s booze

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At age seventeen, I fall in love with a compulsive gambler

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At age eighteen, I drink excessive amounts of alcohol

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At age eighteen, I begin systematically to seduce men and take them home

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At age twenty, I am committed to a hospital to be treated for my defect

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At age twenty-two, I am being abused by my intoxicated husband

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At age twenty-three, I suffer from pains and am hospitalized

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At age twenty-five, I am being treated like an inferior child by my husband and neglect myself

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At age twenty-six, I decide to destroy myself

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At age twenty-seven, I am depressed

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At age twenty-eight, I cannot remember that I may have been raped while drunk

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At age twenty-eight, I am chased out of the house by my husband and my parents

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At age twenty-eight, my cousin’s drug addiction is kept secret within the family

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At age twenty-eight, I flee Friesland, go into rehab, and live under the protection of the rehab program

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At age thirty, I am depressed and committed to a psychiatric hospital in a state of shock

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.