London

Annie Ratti, White Bird’s Hat, 2018, fabric, styrene rubber, metal mesh, wooden block, metal stand, 81 1⁄8 × 29 1⁄8 × 9 7⁄8".

Annie Ratti

Amanda Wilkinson Gallery

Wilhelm Reich spent a lifetime dodging persecutors—first the Nazis, then the FBI, then the American Immigration and Naturalization Service—but it was finally the US Food and Drug Administration that managed to capture and imprison him. The discredited German psycho-analyst believed he could heal the world by harnessing “orgone,” the life energy he believed was released in orgasm, whose suppression Reich claimed caused all mental and physical illness. Officially accused mostly of medical fraud—little more than quackery—Reich disproportionately infuriated both the international scientific establishment and Commie-fearing postwar America. Eventually dying in a Pennsylvania penitentiary, Reich exemplified the sort of revolutionary outsider freely operating across disciplines (medicine, sociology, spirituality) who fascinates sculptor Annie Ratti. Her previous subjects have included the Italian

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