Bradly Dever Treadaway

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Bradly Dever Treadaway

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Group Therapy (For _____) focuses on the confrontation of death as a gesture of escapism, unfulfilled familial expectations and broken lines of intergenerational communication. The piece centers the domestic ritual of bed-making as a metaphor for the covering up or denial of mental illness while also existing as a previsualized, preparatory form of therapy in dealing with the impending death of a loved one.

The central image and gesture of making the bed is cut against archival institutional film from the 1950’s that focuses on therapy related to childhood psychological development; the archival footage is deconstructed and repeated to establish a frantic, unsettled and confused pace and rhythmic sensibility. Within this framework lies a confrontation of mortality, a consideration of personal legacy and memorial creation for those who have passed on. This juxtaposition of contemporary and archival media examines the permanence and sustainability of vernacular legacies, and questions current generations’ capacity to carry family histories towards posterity.

Group Therapy (For _____) represents a chapter of a twelve-year series of short form experimental video works concerning domestic rituals, archival interventions, intergenerational communication and the confrontation with death as a gesture of liberation and ascension that recontextualizes the archive as form, concept and subject matter.