mitsein (2019)

Collage. Acrylic paint, found image and oil pastel on card.

‘Mitsein’ refers to human existence as it is constituted by a relationship with others. Translated as “being-with”, Heidegger uses the term to denote an essential characteristic of human life. Mitsein has also been used in psychoanalytic theory to describe the relationship between mother and baby before the infant has learnt to distinguish themselves from other objects.

mitsein (small)