What would Foucault say?


Photographs of the  Burwash Correctional Facility in Ontario, Canada,  present an interesting comparison with the photo’s of the Lancaster Moor Hospital/Asylum.

Note: “Correctional Facility” and “Hospital” – How does the language of the Correctional Facility, as opposed to the Prison, or the Hospital instead of the Asylum change the way in which we view these institutions? Are they places of rehabilitation, or are they places of confinement and captivity? Surely one is to care for people that suffer from debilitating illnesses, whereas the other is there to correct behaviour deemed socially repugnant? Or should that be the other way around?

What is the Camera’s role in these cases?

What would Foucault have to say about these?

Correctional Facility: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/04/abandoned-prison-photos_n_5065310.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000063

Lancaster Moor “hospital”: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2385890/Lancaster-Moor-Hospital-photos-eerie-look-derelict-19th-century-hospital.html 


One Response to “What would Foucault say?”

  1. wilkina3 Says:

    Fabulous! By coincidence I have been reading Ken Kesey’s “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”: eerily Surrealist reminder…

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