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You don't have long to catch the unusually gritty photo exhibition 'Tears of Paradise' that showcases the pitiful plight of Bali's mentally-ill who don't make it to hospital - many are caged or shackled to their beds in what can only be described as a personal hell.

Some 350 out of Bali's approximately 9,000 mentally-ill live in conditions similar to this - family stigma, a lack of knowledge regarding care and the disease's cultural links to demons and witchcraft all contribute to the problem.

The exhibition - held at Bentara Budaya Bali in Gianyar from August 19 to 24 - is curated by Yudha Bantono and sponsored by the Suryani Institute for Mental Health.

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