La Déconniatrie
Art, exil et psychiatrie autour de François Tosquelles


Out of print

The catalog of the international exhibition initiated at Les Abattoirs reveals a little-known story that was a milestone in 20th century psychiatry and its new links with art brut and modern art, taking as its starting point the career of the Catalan psychiatrist François Tosquelles (1912-1994).

François Tosquelles, a Catalan psychiatrist who took refuge in France after the end of the Spanish Civil War, joined the psychiatric hospital of Saint-Alban-sur-Limagnole, in Lozère, in 1940. He soon made it the crucible of a psychiatric and social revolution, where patients, carers, intellectuals, artists and Resistance fighters lived together. From Auguste Forestier to Lucien Bonnafé, from Paul Éluard to Jean Dubuffet, “La Déconniatrie” is the result of a creative endeavour with multiple faces, and several hands.

Edition Arcàdia (with the support of Fondation Antoine de Galbert)
Edited by Carles Guerra and Joana Masó
Contributions by Mireille Berton, Christophe Boulanger, Kaira M. Cabañas, Éric Fassin, Savine Faupin, Carles Guerra, Jean Khalfa, Raphaël Koenig, Sarah Lombardi, Joana Masó, Julien Michel, Paul B. Preciado, Alejandra Riera, Valérie Rousseau, Annabelle Ténèze
Published in November 2021
French edition
16,5 x 24 cm
248 pages (43 ill. coul. and 98 ill. b&w)
ISBN: 978-29-143971-6-2