Partner with resource groups that work in the social and mental health fields, and supported by numerous collaborators in the cultural network, Folie/Culture has over the years developed an atypical approach to raising awareness.
In concentrating its field of action in the area where the cultural and the social meet, the organisation privileges innovative cultural expression .
This position was adopted on the one hand because of the analogy that can be drawn between the expression of madness itself and the creative process, both of which express that part of human nature which resists being tamed, and which disturbs traditional ways of thinking, feeling, and experiencing what is real. On the other hand, it also translates the desire to set aside the belief that madness concerns only the madman and his doctor, and that art concerns only the artist and his public. In that way, Folie/Culture opens up a breach in the social discourse on madness by encouraging artistic work whose aim is based on personal research that has a close relationship both with madness and with certain social anxieties.
Moreover, Folie/Culture takes a critical look at current psychiatric practices. Active in the mental health community of Québec, the organisation privileges alternative and innovative approaches, and questions theories that are supposedly scientific on “mental health” and its treatments.
In this context, it is not surprising that the events and demonstrations organised and promoted by Folie/Culture bear the mark of multidisciplinarity. Be it in the context of thematic events or in public manoeuvres, this way of doing things supposes the participation of resource people from diverse backgrounds, such as artists, critics, caregivers, philosophers, psychiatrists, psychologists… or people who have mental health problems.
Principally, Folie/Culture addresses actors on the social and cultural scene although the public at large is always invited to its activities.