Morire di Classe – Gianni Berengo Gardin / Carla Cerati (I edition 1969)


Einaudi, 1969 (I edition)
Softcover, 24×18.5 cm
76 pages, b/w photographs
Italian text

Excellent overall condition. Minimal signs of wear to cover, slight yellowing to pages as usual. Photographs and binding are in perfect conditions.


In stock

Published by Franco Basaglia and his wife Franca Ongaro Basaglia, with photographs by Carla Cerati and Gianni Berengo Gardin, Morire di classe is a work that criticizes conditions in Italian psychiatric hospitals at the time.

In the 1960s, psychiatrist Franco Basaglia, director of the Gorizia psychiatric hospital, asked photographer Carla Cerati to document the repressive conditions in Italian asylums. Cerati asked Berengo Gardin to accompany her, and the two took their shots in hospitals in Gorizia, Colorno, Florence and Ferrara.

Morire di classe is often cited as a determining factor in the process of reforming psychiatric hospitals in Italy by means of Law 180 of 1978, and the subsequent closure of the country’s asylums, becoming the manifesto of Basaglia and the doctors who rejected institutional psychiatry.

Here, photography is an interpretation of a social event, and, more than anything else, it is communicative evidence of the terrible conditions of asylums and the need to abolish them.

Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 18,5 × 24 cm


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