Fotograf Magazine

Martina Mullaney

x marks the stain

In a 1967 essay the French thinker Michel Foucault outlined the concept of the heterotopia. This is a space where, within defined and organised boundaries, and despite the intention of its design, there may be multiple and contradictory uses. A heterotopia is, effectively, a space whose use is not always that for which it was intended, and whose users are not always those expected or intended to be within it. Foucault sees in such spaces the possibility of dissent, of a resistance to the spatial constitution of power.

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