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Sarah Thacker

MA work

MA work

Female Depression and Digital Self-Disclosure

'For those who are racked by melancholia, 

writing about it would only have meaning only if writing 

sprang out of that very melancholia...


… For if it is true that those who are slaves to their moods, being drowned in their sorrows, reveal a number of psychic or cognitive frailties, it is equally true that a diversification of moods, variety in sadness, refinement in sorrow or mourning are the imprint of a humankind that is surely not triumphant but subtle, ready to fight, and creative…'

— Julia Kristeva, Black Sun.


‘Female Depression and Digital Self-Disclosure’ is a project examining expressions of female depression with focus on, and in correspondence with, the creative practices of Audrey Wollen, Erica Scourti, Lucy Beech and Sidsel Meineche Hansen. Bridging aesthetics, psychological theory and feminist politics, the work profiles not only permutations of the clinical state but what it is to be ‘de-pressed’, pushed-down, as a woman in the world now.



  • MA Degree


    School of Humanities


    MA Critical Writing in Art & Design, 2017

  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons), History of Art, Birkbeck, 2015
  • Awards

  • Mo Price Award, Birkbeck (Prize for the best BA dissertation on Visual Culture after 1800)