I've always imagined curiosity as a magnetic force that unconsciously takes you by the hand.

When I was a little girl I heard the word madhouse whithout being really able to picture it. “Crazy people go there”. Crazy people? Who are they? Where?
I remember an old lady, in full dress, with make up and jewels sitting always on the same bench in the park. Once she said she knew me because she saw me hosting the news on tv. I was 13 and maybe that was the first time I realized the meaning of that word. Anyway that meeting touched something inside of me and deep down her heart that woman seemed peaceful.
Years later I heard her name in the same place that would host her until her death. I knew where she came from, when she was confined for the first and the second time. I could give a name and a story to this timeless characher.

I spent a few months inside the RSA in Codogno (Lodi), populated by women that built a family inside a place born as a prision and now turned into an home. I bought them disposable cameras leaving them able to tell their everyday life and leave a little sign of their existence which was able to move me and carry me away everyday in a different manner, even if for somebody that had to be hidden and locked up.

The first time I met them I knew our relationship was never going to change. Both close and tender and far and detached, not by choice but for a clean and timeless distance built in those eyes madly castaway.

I collected in the same way pictures shot by me and them. Women worned by treatments regarded as necessary: elettroshock, lobotomy and several other medical cares. Women unable to choose.
Their faces are marked as much as their shots.
Rough but deeply true and sincere. Withouth filters between them and the world, as only they are able to be.

Here videos and photos:

A mirrored pull of thought from silvia tofani on Vimeo.

Album di Famiglia from silvia tofani on Vimeo.

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