Dennis del Favero
The exhibition premiers Del Favero's video installation Deep Sleep meditating on the events during the 1970's surrounding the
infamous Chelmsford Psychiatric Hospital, Sydney where patients were put to sleep in a deep coma for up to six weeks. Developed by Dr
Harry Bailey, deep sleep therapy at Chelmsford saw up to forty people killed and thousands maimed in the quest to eliminate the painful
memories which Dr Bailey believed was the cause of mental suffering. In 1990-1991 the deaths led to the largest criminal investigation into medical practice in Australian history, resulting in the closure of numerous hospitals throughout the country.
The exhibition also presents the photographic series Estinto, evoking specific episodes of traumatic memory and loss of innocence
experienced during the contemporary era.
The exhibition launches the book Dennis Del Favero – Fantasmi published by Sprengel Museum Hannover and UNSW Press, 2004, a richly illustrated analysis of Del Favero's new media work of the last decade.