Treeman Syndrome - A Symbolic Symbiosis?
A pathological antithesis of the human pea emerges in treeman syndrome, or correctly Epidermodysplasia verruciformis, an extremely rare autosomal recessive hereditary skin disorder associated with a high risk of skin cancer. The few known patients from Indonesia, Bangladesh and Gaza, are suffering from deformities resembling tree bark, particularly on the hands and feet. The disease profile mimics a plant-becoming, a radical hospitalization, a transgression from agent to patient.
The syndrome represents a symbiosis of symbols, a symbolic coalescence of different species, namely human and plant. They seem to both extinguish and reinforce each other simultaneously.