In 1946, doctors at an English psychiatric hospital opened a studio for patients to make art. Conceived as a laboratory for diagnostic purposes, the studio was one of the first of its kind. Facilitated by the artist Edward Adamson, it soon became a site for free expression. Over the years, the residents created thousands of works, but most of them were destroyed when the hospital closed in 1993. Charting the fate of the 5,500 surviving artworks, Abandoned Goods tells the story of the collection. Blending archive, rostrum and observational footage, it explores the transformation of the objects from clinical material to revered art, examining the changing contexts in which they were produced and displayed.
- Golden Leopard for the Best International Short - FF Locarno
- Best Cinematography (International Shorts Competition) - Janela IFF
- Pia Borg
- Edward Lawrenson
- Nick Gordon Smith
- Philippe Ciompi
- FLY FILM COMPANY LTD
Abandoned Goods... is a deceptively concentrated film—and one that’s as much about renewing and re-contextualizing the creations therein as it is about art’s psychological, emotional and finally social consequence. It leaves those pampered juggernauts in the dust.
Pia is an Australian artist and film director living in the United States. Her work, at the crossroad between documentary and contemporary art, was screened at Locarno and Sundance Film Festivals and Venice Biennale. In DEMONIC, screened during the 58 th edition of La Semaine de la Critique, Pia mixes archives, reenactment and CGI to immerse the audience in the depth of a “satanic panic”