Il volto della follia - Cent'anni di immagini del dolore
Directed by Sandro Parmiggiani
This catalogue to the exhibition held in Italy
contains five hundred photographs documenting life and the environment
inside psychiatric hospitals.
There are four sections: the first, Memorie dalla "cittą dei matti",
consists of photographs taken between the end of the nineteenth and
early twentieth century of patients and their life inside the San Lazzaro
of Reggio Emilia, the iconographic photographs of La Salpétrière
(1876-1877) and finally the images that Vasco Ascolini took in the final
years of Italian asylums.
The second section, I manicomi svelati, comprises photographs taken
from 1965 onwards inside a number of Italian asylums.
The third section, Al di lą delle mura, tra le persone, shows photographs
taken after the passing of the Basaglia Law (1978) and the closure of
Italian asylums, documenting the often difficult attempts to find alternative
solutions to the problem of psychic imbalance.
The final section, entitled Prigioni e rifugi, nelle terre del mondo
presents the work of five photographers (Chien-Chi Chang, Anders Petersen,
Alex Majoli, Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin, and Claudio Edinger)
who, in the past fifteen years, have produced reportage in a number
of countries that documents the inhuman conditions in which many people
continue to be held and also the attempts at finding "civil" answers
to the problems of mental imbalance.
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