D.R.E.I - Die Reise eines Irren

Johannes Schriek

2019 - 2020

The work „D.R.E.I - Die Reise eines Irren“ is a conceptual-documentary photographic work on the subject of obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD), in which it is photographed how a mental disorder can be visualized. Portraits of those affected, relatives and experts, as well as their surroundings are contrasted with subjective, associative photographs of the emotional world of those affected (I was affected myself). Additional aspects are highlighted through texts such as experience reports and interviews.

A total of around 1 million people in Germany are affected by obsessive-compulsive disorders.

The obsessive-compulsive disorder is divided into 2 groups. On the one hand there are obsessions and on the other there are compulsive acts, whereby the sick can suffer from both. Obsessive thoughts are characterized by the fact that images, ideas, thoughts and impulses (often negative) repeatedly impose themselves on the person concerned and they cannot shake them off. In contrast to schizophrenia, thoughts are perceived as one's own. Compulsive acts, on the other hand, are often pointless and exaggeratedly repeated acts, whereby those affected feel internally urged to perform them again and again. However, they usually experience this themselves as nonsensical. Overall, an obsessive-compulsive disorder limits the person affected extremely in everyday life and determines him excessively.

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  • Portrait of Antonia, who picks her hair

  • Antonia´s hats

  • Antonia´s stressball for persons, who pick hair

  • Portrait of Sophie, who has obsessions

  • Bags to sort things, which a person with compulsory washing can touch

  • Table with medication for people with OCD

  • Thrown away handgloves for touching something

  • Tester for a VR- therapy

  • Screenshot VR-therapy

  • Portrait of Thomas, who is a therapist

  • Damaged skin after longterm hand washing

  • Things get touched and sorted by a person with compulsory control

  • Things get touched an sorted by a person with compulsory control