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 "città 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 là 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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