Tessa de Vries [1954] NL

Biography

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Being the first-born, I look after my mother

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At age fifteen, I start going out and fall maniacally in love with men

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At age sixteen, I start smoking pot, and escape from my mother’s terrorizing reign

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At age seventeen, I run away from home

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At age eighteen, I am raped by a man while drunk

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At age nineteen, I can no longer have children

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At age twenty, I experiment with heroin, cocaine, and spirituality

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At age twenty-one, I use mushrooms, LSD, pot, and tranquilizers, and enjoy my hallucinations

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At age twenty-five, I violently break off my connections with my husband and the outside world

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At age twenty-six, my sister has become a heroin addict

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At age twenty-seven, I am clean and alone

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At age thirty, I comfort myself with homegrown cannabis and lock myself into a closet for months at the time

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At age thirty-two, I am addicted and psychotic without treatment

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At age thirty-nine, I go into rehab, build a ship, and survive on the thought of love

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At age forty, I work as a caregiver in a rehab program

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At age forty-three, I fall back on the use of homegrown cannabis as a substitute for love

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At age fifty-one, I am compulsively in love and psychotic

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At age fifty-one, I attack my mother

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At age fifty-one, I am sober

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.