Safe-Keeping (Custodia)

Bennett, Sarah [Artist] (2014) Safe-Keeping (Custodia). Safe-keeping (Custodia). .


‘Safe-keeping (custodia)’ (2014) is a four channel video and sound installation that was one of the research outcomes from an interdisciplinary and international collaborative project entitled ‘Geographies of Affect and Memory at the Museo Laboratorio Della Mente, Rome’. The project focussed on the Museo as a site of affective engagement with mental illness, drawing on perspectives from human geography, fine art and visual anthropology. The project explored the methods by which the Museo constructs and re-positions understandings of mental illness by providing an affective engagement with histories and memories of institutionalisation and the phenomenon of mental illness. ‘Safe-keeping (custodia)’ was a solo exhibition in Nov 2014 at the Museo, which occupies the site of the former Santa Maria della Pietà psychiatric hospital. The artwork was developed through engagement with an archive of ‘fagotti’ - unopened packages of personal effects belonging to former psychiatric patients that were taken from the patients when they entered the hospital.

Item Type: Exhibition
Event Title: Safe-keeping (Custodia)
Locations and Dates of Event:
LocationFrom DateTo Date
Museo Laboratorio della Mente, Rome, Italy31 October 201430 November 2014
Additional Information: This work was supported by the Museo Laboratorio Della Mente, Regione Lazio (Regional Authority of Lazio) and the Azienda Unita Sanitaria Locale Roma. The wider project was undertaken in collaboration with Dr Pompeo Martelli, Director of the Museo Laboratorio Della Mente, Rome, and co-researchers were Dr Candice Boyd, Clinical Psychologist and Lecturer in Youth Mental Health at the University of Melbourne; Dr Rachel Hughes, Lecturer in Geography at the University of Melbourne; Dr Claudia Demichelis, Anthropologist and Research Fellow at the Museo Laboratorio Della Mente, Italy; Dr Giulia Grechi, Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Sociology of Communication and Visual Languages at the Istituto Europeo di Design in Rome.
Research Area: Art and design
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture (until 2017)
Depositing User: Emily O'connor
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2017 07:48
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2017 07:52

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