‘I don’t want to grow up I’m a dejarnette kid’…
I have been researching into Foucault’s Madness and Civilisation, and have been struck once again by his assertion that ‘madness is childhood’. I went looking for photographs of asylums for children, many of which show abandoned buildings, ghosts of our past institutions. This photo made me catch my breath and think of the young person who wrote it, incarcerated in this place. Madness is childhood.
Here is more on the Dejarnette Asylum for children: http://www.flickr.com/photos/thebossofyou/sets/72157614685552168/
Fucking hell. Dejarnette was named after a guy, Mr Dejarnette who supported eugenics! Great! So being a ‘dejarnette kid’ really has some Foucauldian meanings going down. Michel, what have you got me into??
‘I was here, this was my room…’