Alienated People of the World, Unite! – Discussion and Round Table

Saturday, April 12, 2014
De gauche à droite : Gilles Simard, Yann Le Bossé, Mario Bousquet, Simon Vermette, Maya St-Laurent et Gina Caron.De gauche à droite : Alain-Martin Richard, Vongchanh Souksavath (interprète), Chamaiporn Wadkhien, Pilvi Keto-LeBlanc, Alessandro Imbriaco, Sylvie LaroucheDiscussion avec le publiccarton_alienes_RV

Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec
Salon Paul-Rainville
Free admission

On Saturday, April 12, Folie/Culture invited the public to take the pulse of global madness by attending a discussion with the artists as part of the Alienated people of the world, unite! exhibition. The discussion began at 2 pm, and was followed by a round table on alienation.

The afternoon kicked off with a discussion featuring the five artists and hosted by performer and essayist Alain-Martin Richard. Participants had the opportunity to hear Alessandro Imbriaco (Italy), Pilvi Keto-LeBlanc (Finland), Sylvie Larouche (Canada), Hrair Sarkissian (Syria/Great Britain) and Chamaiporn Wadkhien (Thailand) express their thoughts on migration, deracination, marginalization, anorexia and dissociation.

The round table that followed was chaired by Mario Bousquet, coordinator of the Clés en main program. Panellists Gina Caron, anthropologist and researcher in applied ethics; Yan Le Bossé, professor at Université Laval’s Department of Educational Fundamentals and Practices; and Gilles Simard, a mental health peer helper, Projet L.U.N.E. member and a representative from the Point de Repères organization, addressed the possibility of speaking on behalf of the voiceless, marginalized and alienated. “Can we truly discuss the social movements of people who use the mental health services without talking about creating a collective voice? This requires a shift from ‘I’ to ‘we.’ What conditions are necessary to make this collective voice heard? How can it be created?” (Gina Caron on Facebook, January 14, 2014).

How do we give a voice to those who are voiceless, excluded or alienated? Are we all alienated? Or are we, at the very least, all individually alienated from someone? Where does individual or collective alienation start and where does it end? On what basis do we judge ourselves and others as alienated beings?