children of the second generation war

Children of the Second Generation War, Installation Photo close up, Graphite & Spray Paint on Tulle Fabric, life size figure

Children of the Second Generation War, Installation Photo close up, Graphite on Tulle Fabric, life size figure

Transgenerational trauma is a theory which states that survivors of a traumatic event can transfer the effects of their post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to descendants. This transfer is thought to happen through epigenetic factors as well as when the parent struggles with PTSD, unintentionally exposing the developing child to the various negative ongoing trauma responses of the parent.  Because of the repeated and prolonged exposure to the parent’s trauma response, the descendants can develop their own lifelong trauma, which can include some symptoms of PTSD, as well as a wider range of symptoms related to PTSD.

This work physicalizes the silent, unseen trauma caused by a parent’s wartime PTSD, bringing to view the long-missed burden and countless overlooked individuals who grow up with, and continue to carry, these quietly ignored wounds.