Urban Desolation

Psychogeography of closed mental hospitals explored in Urban Desolation

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Urban Desolation

Urban Desolation, is a new photographic installation from Dave Clayton with coves fours year of work documenting closed mental hospitals around the UK.

The hospitals were shut down in the mid to late 1990s as part of the care in the community programme. Some have been converted to apartments and other demolished with little trace of the original land use.

The exhibition, which is at the Southwest Image Bank’s new gallery in Plymouth’s Barbican, documents several hospitals and psychogeographics of the building usage, and addresses the notion that even now, the usage of these buildings as mental health hospitals still resonates as a material stigma.

Urban Desolation runs from August 1 to August 31.