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Framing Madness: A discussion with pictures - Robert Snell
09 March 2017
Art in the House event R Snell

In the early 1820s, in the aftermath of the 1789 Revolution and the Napoleonic wars, the French painter Théodore Géricault (1791-1824) made a remarkable series of portraits of patients in an asylum or clinic. They are unprecedented, in that they show people designated as insane as ordinary individuals. They point to a new, essentially democratic conception of the human being - sane or mad - as a person available for relationship and communication: a "therapeutic subject". The paintings register a critical moment in the history of subjectivity; they also connect us to some of the living roots of psychoanalysis. Made during a period of massive social, cultural and economic transformation, they challenge us profoundly, in our own medicalised and conflictual era, to find responses in ourselves to the face and the embodied mysteries of the other person - and to confront the stranger in our midst. In this illustrated seminar, I shall present some of the ideas explored in my book, in a converation with Mary Pat Campbell.  We shall then invite participants to an open discussion, with reproductions of these extraordinary portraits in front of us.


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Event Details
Reference ART-RS
Start Date 09/03/2017
End Date 09/03/2017
Start Time 20:00
End Time 21:30
Location 37 Mapesbury Road, London NW2 4HJ
Venue NW2 4HJ
Tel: 020 8452 9823 Registered office: 37 Mapesbury Road, London NW2 4HJ
Company number 8238969 registered in England and Wales Registered charity number 1150806