“Arise and Be All That You Dreamed”
“Worrying about your own happiness is much less important than concerning yourself with the well being of those around you.”
"No one can hurt us like we've hurt ourselves. We're all architects of our own private hell."
"All of us have scars and they make us who we are today"
Sadness and Silence (2012)
This series shall tell about a tragic chapter in the history of italy, and actually of the rest of the world, too. It’s a series about an abandoned psychiatric hospital which is closed and abandoned since decades now, but it could stand for many others with the same history. Those were terrible places, the patients were imprisoned, mostly for all their lifes, around 70% against their will. They were treated in terrible ways, without any human rights - Not only people who really had mental problems, but also hobos or prostitutes, everybody who did not fit into the society. The bad situation was reality for a very long time, till the big antipsychiatric reformation started in the late 60s and minister Tommasini stood for the first rights of the patients. Finally in the late 70s Franco Basaglia did a hard fight for the patient rights until finally these institutes were closed down and the people could live more free again, treated as humans, not as animals.
MAD architects: Absolute Towers in Mississauga, Canada (images, google)
Local Toronto residents have nicknamed the tower, “Marilyn Monroe”.