it all began
Anja, a former classmate, told me of her summer spent with psychiatric
patients in a crumbling castle in Transylvania. Of all the stories of
injustice, friendship, warmth and doubt she brought back with her, there
was one image that I couldnt let go of patients cowering
beneath their bed sheets, struggling to preserve their last vestige of
to go to Bánffy Castle to find out for myself not to raise
awareness of the terrible conditions, but to experience some of lifes
most basic pleasures. To capture the moments of happiness that give people
with nothing to hope for the strength to carry on.
project could only be realised with the assistance of the specialist team
from Beclean e.V., a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving living
conditions for psychiatric patients in Romania.