Fotograf Magazine

Going Nowhere Slow: The Aesthetics and Politics of Depression.

Exploring the psychopathology of depression in the Western world, Mikkel Frantzen forcefully demonstrates how even if the usual discourse maintains that depression is something personal it is in fact mercilessly driven by external factors and therefore a collective responsibility. Well versed in the performance of happiness, because being unhappy would be immoral, we suffer the multiple injuries of capitalism. In GoingNowhere Slow, Frantzen explores this feeling of “abortion of the future” through four cultural works and in so doing achieves a convincing Zeitdiagnose that declares depression to be the pathological mirror of contemporary capitalism.

Mikkel Krause Frantzen. Going Nowhere Slow: The Aesthetics and Politics of Depression. Ropley: John Hunt Publishing, 2019. ISBN 9781789042146


Laura Amann