King’s Park Asylum: Rape of the Mind
This project documents the inside walls and rooms of Building 136 at the Kings Park Asylum. Established in 1885, and closing in 1996, Kings Park had a long history of housing mental patients. Unfortunately, in the mid 1950’s, Kings Park began administering shock treatments and frontal lobotomies. Wandering these abandoned hallways and rooms, you cannot help but feel the despair and isolation which seems to have seeped into the walls. The layers of peeling paint are analogous to the flaying of skin and wretched suffering. The now condemned “frontal lobotomy procedure” proves to be the most cruel, archaic and abusive act that can be inflicted on another person: An erasure of their entire being. A rape of their mind.