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A Girl Mad as Birds (Nellie Bly and the Lunatic’s Ball)

Parry, Cheryl

Year Grant Awarded: 2022

This installation of portraits, poetic objects, preserved bird skins, nests and text explores the commonly belief in 19th century psychiatry that women were predisposed to madness. Journalist Nellie Bly’s exposé, Ten Days in a Madhouse, shed light on their misdiagnosis and horrific treatment. Read More