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Art enters places of suffering to create “Healing spaces”

From: Healing sSpaces Happening

Fifty years ago a collective of health care workers, patients and artists arose and contributed to the closure of some of Italy’s psychiatric hospitals. The very walls which had separated “the mad” from an idealized society made of “healthy human beings” were dismantled.

The International Happening Healing Spaces Festival together with the 22nd International ISPS conference Perugia 2022 Co-constructing Healing Spaces will be held in Perugia the capital of Umbria. In Umbria for the first time in the world, patients released from asylums were offered a complete network of services operating throughout the entire region. The madness of incarcerating suffering souls had finally been substituted with a humane treatment which would revolve around the social context of the patient.

We hope:

  • to co-create with artists, arts therapists, patients, family members, mental health care workers and anyone interested, coming from all over the world a collective happening without authors
  • to produce events, installations, performances, workshops and public presentations  in a festival that aims to share personal and professional experiences
  • to celebrate the creative forces of art in the transformative encounter with psychic suffering
  • to continue the authorless work of the elimination of the walls, both external and internal, which marginalize those suffering with the psychic pain of living without existing


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