Abandoned Mental Asylum In Italy
Pendleton describes herself as ‘an outgoing English girl living in Manchester. Here is her vision of what she found in Italy ...
She travels the world in search of abandoned relics and lost treasures and has an
insatiable drive to document these amazing decaying places, before they
disappear forever. Her goal is to always present images alongside historical
write-ups and thinks that exploring the stories of these places gives important
context to these images.
Here is a
commentary on her visit to a former Italian insane asylum.
to northern Italy in the summer of 2018. A summer road trip filled with awesome
memories. I zig-zagged across the country, following our map chaotically
littered with pins. Each pin highlighted an abandoned place.
I arrived at
one pin late in the afternoon, perhaps a little too late. I was too excited to
wait, so I crawled in through to a tiny opening as soon as we saw it.
I was standing
at the entrance of an old Italian insane asylum. These relics are from a darker
time where mental health was poorly understood. The patients were called
"mentecatti", a derogatory term equating to "half-wit" or
"imbecile". They were locked up in these rural hospitals called
"manicomio", which translates as "madhouse". Out of sight,
and out of mind.
I was not alone though, I had two friends with me. As the daylight was beginning to fade, we all split up and began shooting.
Time was of the essence! The asylum was a maze of corridors and had several floors. I searched frantically to find all the important locations; the examination room, record office, the body slab, and so on.
I traveled the halls and corridors alone checking every room and corner. Constantly aware of the darkness encroaching.
We re-convened at the entry point, just as the last of the light faded.’
Now, let’s see what they found ….
Clancy's comment: As always, I'm gob smacked that buildings like this one are allowed to rot. Surely they can be used for another purpose? Thank you, Janine.