Diemar/Noble Photography opens its doors to the critically acclaimed, prize-winning ‘Crazy God’ by Yvonne De Rosa. The project resulted from the photographer’s work as a volunteer during the 1990′s in an old psychiatric hospital in Southern Italy, whose name and location remains anonymous.
Several years after the asylum closed down, De Rosa returned to photograph the building and the already decaying rooms and corridors, in order to document the void left by the patients. This had been a place where people were often forgotten about, where orphans, the poor and young single mothers were amongst its patients. Some had no mental health problems before they entered the hospital, but developed them inside. The result is a sensitive, touching study consisting of portraits of the objects abandoned by the patients and their wall writings in sentences that are often astonishingly lucid. This moving series displays her understanding of the space and the people who once resided there. Despite its past history De Rosa captures a dilapidated beauty in her photographs which haunt and trigger the imagination.
21 January – 6 March 2010
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