From photographs staged by Charcot at the Salpêtrière at the end of the XIXe century, to Depardon’s reports in San Clemente, from the carnivals of Diane Arbus madmen, Mary Ellen Mark’s psychiatric hospitals ; the madmen are always drooling, twisting, banging their heads against the walls, looking askance and terrorrize us. This image that stiks to their skin is far removed from their daily lives.
The objects collected here crystallize decision-making moments. They allow us to enter in the daily lives of peoples described as schizophrenic, bipolar, suffering from obsessive disorders or depressive syndromes, with the idea of getting out of the spectacular and get out the stigma, to make people appear behind these objects.
How to make a decision when the person concerned is described as unable to decide for himself? How can we take into account his point of view and ones of his close family ? How can we ignore it ? Each time, it is necessary to putting in balance the risk incurred, those for the other, and its freedom underminded.
Each story takes us into the crucial question of the perception of dangers, acceptable risks and unacceptable risks. These “threshold objects” allow us to tell the stories that weave the lives of “shrinks”, those who suffer, those who care for them, those who love them and live in uncertainty.