Empty Forest

PrizeOfficial Selection in Shoot (photo/video)
CompanyNanouk Prins
ArtistNanouk Prins
Design TeamStudio Suze Swarte

In 1909, Emma Hauck was admitted in the psychiatric hospital of Heidelberg (Germany). She was diagnosed with Schizophrenia. 11 years later Emma would pass away in an asylum in Wiesloch. Around that time an intense collection of letters was found in the archives of the Heidelberg hospital. All of these letters were written to her husband Michael, begging him to collect her. Each letter is written with overlapping words.  Some are so condensed as to be illegible. Most of of them repeat the words “herzensschatzi komm’ (darling come) thousands of times. The letters were never sent...