HERMINIA R. Admitted: ? Discharged: ? Age: 25 Hopital Vilardebó de Montevideo was opened on May 21st 1880 and was known as Manicomio Nacional (National Madhouse) and had the capacity to house 700 patients. In 1915, it became one of the most important asylums of South America and had 1500 patients.
ECT Machine: Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), formerly known as electroshock, is a psychiatric treatment in which seizures are electrically induced in anesthetized patients for therapeutic effect. It was first introduced in 1938 by Italian neuropsychiatrists Ugo Cerletti and Lucio Bini, and gained widespread use as a form of treatment in the 1940s and 1950s.
Lauren E. Simonutti, 1968, passed away due to complications from her illness. On March 28th, 2006 she started hearing voices and was diagnosed with "rapid cycling, mixed state bipolar with schizoaffective disorder". She felt she was going mad and spent her last years almost in isolation. She turned the camera on herself and the space she was living in. She has left us with an impressive, honest and strong body of work. With her photographs she gave a voice to those that suffer in isolation.