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“Approaching Unreason” on View From February 16 Through June 30, 2024, at Palais de Tokyo

Centre Familial de Jeunes, Vitry-sur-Seine, ca. 1975.

Palais de Tokyo presents the group exhibition “Approaching Unreason” from February 16 through June 30, 2024. The exhibition takes Institutional Psychotherapy, a model of psychiatric care developed in France in the 1950s, as its starting point. The model believes that to care for the patient, we must first care for the hospital, and that mental disorders should never be isolated from their social and institutional contexts.

The exhibition focuses on the model of institutional psychotherapy and suggests that it can be expanded afar from the context of psychiatry to become a tool for understanding and confronting various forms of institutional and organizational violence. It also explores the possibility that art can be a refuge from social violence and a catalyst for community building and liberation.

François Pain’s films on display introduce theorists of institutional psychotherapy, including François Tosquelles, Jean Oury, and Félix Guattari. The exhibition also features the work of artists, carers, and therapists who have developed a variety of collective artistic practices in various structures linked to mental healthcare including psychiatric hospitals, outpatient clinics, and special needs schools.

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