The Visual History of Seizures: Exhibitions and Talks

Being Human Festival

L0040298 Female patient with melancolie catalepsy

Friday November 18

Seizures have for centuries been seen as both extraordinary and frightening, and since the early 19th century medicine has sought to understand the conditions of seizures. The moment of the seizure has been captured in many visual forms throughout history, as have the lives of those gripped by them. Now, contemporary artists try to give different expression to bodies and lives that are ‘seized’. This exhibition and series of short talks will illuminate the visual history of the condition over the last 200 years.