- Schizophrenia was believed for a very long time to be the result of possession, and the sufferers often exorcised, flogged, starved, or burned at the stake.Later in history treated with procedures like “bloodletting”, gas therapy, insulin therapy, electroconvulsive treatment and lobotomies. Or just tied up or chained and locked away in dark rooms from mental institutions.
Guido is a lucky one. At least he can live at his house while treated with antipshycotic medicines. These medications, while far from ideal, have allowed him to live a “normal” life. He used to be a famous sculptor. Since he takes these medicines he can´t do it anymore. The price he has to pay is high, but the only possible one in order to be tolerated by society.
- His hands are covered in writing; the dropping ideas of his endlessly busy mind. I´m god, it says.
- When I visit him he always receives me with an elegant Audrey Hepburn pose. He's very happy when someone visit him.
- Sometimes ,while talking with me,he fall asleep for 10 minutes while still holding his cigarette.
- Drinking huge quantities of coffee is the only way to counteract the effects of his medicines.Otherwise he would be sedated 24 hours a day.
- Sometimes i´m with an scared man suffering with severe schizophrenia, other times with a dreaming artist.
- Guido and his cat "Madonna". His only company. The only one who seems to be able to understand him.
- He told me that the longer your tongue is, the smarter you are.
- Sometimes he just dissapeard and goes to his own world where i can´t join him.
- I am free. Am I?
- Dancing. At his place you can find many female dresses he used to wear in the past.
- He asked me if i wanted to marry him. The next day we met, he didn´t remember asking me.
- Old picture of Guido (left side) and his brother
- I always feel sad for him when i have to leave. I leave a dreaming man who writes "i´m god" in his hand with his cat "Madonna". When are you going to visit me again? is always the last thing he says to me...