The Criminal Pavilion
 
Insane Asylum

 

 

 

 

 

 

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... once, under these arcades, the patients
      worked, under  the constant overseeing 
of the keepers ... 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

... certainly it was'nt this one, the tub of the 
    famous room for the hydrotherapy... 

 

 

 

 

 

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... and probably they were not really these the doors we see in those old shots ... 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

... yet, these were the spaces, these the lights,
    these the shades
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... Desperation scrapes itself from the walls as the varnish, trying an impossible attempt of escape...  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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... but the atmosphere is the same:
    oppressive,  unable to any form     of joy... 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

... Every  window  remains closed, and 
the corridors keep on bringing to any part...

 

 

 

 

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     The Original Photos
 
Insane Asylum

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 .... doors that although open, continued to be closed...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Shadows of Madness
 
Insane Asylum

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texts :   c. reger   

photos:   c. reger      ( Nikon  5000 ) 
             s. grande
    ( Fuji FP 5000 )
                
w. bert    ( Sony P-50 )

Ex Regio Manicomio - Collegno (Turin) 
january  2004

 

Initially the Insane Asylum was displaced in the Chartreuse of Collegno. In 1856 this and all of its grounds were surrendered to the Regio Manicomio.
In 1854 a cholera epidemy made numerous victims. In the following decades the number of the ills grown up, and with it the greatness and the complexity of the structures.  In the years '40 of the new century, the Insane Asylum of Collegno was composed from twenty tents, including the Criminal Pavilion, to that time surrounded by a tall wall (see old photo).
Under the long porticos, a small railway called Decauville was connecting among them the principal pavilions. 

From the years '80 begins the de-instituionalization of the Insane Asylum, that is unified to the hospital.  The departments were turned into community, the in-patients became guests. The spaces of the ex Psychiatric Hospital come partly reverts to entertain services, partly closed, partly abandoned (as the Criminal Pavilion shown in the reportage, after having demolished its wall).  Currently the structure entertains still around 450 ex patients.

  Historical photos are from the site www.asl5.piemonte/archivio
 containing also more detailed history about the Regio Manicomio. 

 

 

... but no escape is possible from the lack of hope ...

... shoes that would have made only the same footsteps ...

identical beds, to always make the same dreams...

cobblers with experienced and
 fast hands, to built shoes ...