Anthony Faramelli utilizes Fanon’s application of Institutional Psychotherapy to examine how colonialism stratifies space.
Crisis and the Aesthetics of Decoloniality: Institutional Psychotherapy and Fanon’s Ethico-Aesthetic Paradigm
With Anthony Faramelli and Eric Harper
This talk examines how colonialism and racism stratify and control space, with particular focus on aesthetic production and the way in which an individual’s freedom is dependent on the “ambience” of the space they occupy. The analysis will be grounded in Algerian colonial psychiatry and Frantz Fanon's practice of social-therapy. Through an examination of Fanon’s application of Institutional Psychotherapy in the Blida-Joinville Hospital, this lecture argues that Fanon’s decolonial politics and his commitment to dis-alienation were reliant on the (re)construction of space within the hospital to increase what Félix Guattari would later refer to as the “coefficient of transversality”.
This event is associated with our Curating and Institutional Practice research cluster and is part of the Visual Cultures Public Programme Spring 2021.
Dr Anthony Faramelli is a Visiting Researcher in the Department of Visual Cultures and a Recovery Programme Consultant. His research is situated at the intersection of psychosocial theory, psychoanalysis and postcolonial politics, with an explicit focus on Institutional Analysis. He is the author of Resistance, Revolution and Fascism: Zapatismo and Assemblage Politics and is an editor, with Rob White and David Hancock, of Spaces of Crisis and Critique: Heterotopias Beyond Foucault. He is a founding member of the Network for Institutional Analysis and a member of the Executive Board of the Association for Psychosocial Studies. Anthony is currently completing his second monograph, The Mass Psychology of Fascism in the Age of Machines: Big Data, Surveillance and Control.
Dr Eric Harper is a psychotherapist, social worker and human rights activist, currently teaching in the department of Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies (STaCS) at Goldsmiths and working in London with homeless persons presenting with both mental health and addiction challenges. Prior to this he managed a Mental Health Crisis Centre and Drug and Alcohol structured day rehab programme. He has worked in Africa and the USA with war trauma and torture survivors and also assisted with the founding of the African Sex Worker Health and Human Rights Alliance.
Image: The Blida-Joinville Psychiatric Hospital, Algeria.
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|28 Jan 2021||5:00pm - 7:00pm|
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