Made up of artists and psychologists from inside and outside, the Frente de Artistas del Borda (FAB) has been producing art -since 1984- that transcends the confinement of the José T. Borda psychiatric hospital in Buenos Aires, questions the social imaginary about madness and proposes demanicomialization: the process of replacing the asylum with a network of community facilities for the treatment of mental health service users.

Project Details

Activity, Art and Social

  • Activity : Workshops, Lunch, Assembly
  • Artistic product : Book, Music, Festivals
  • Technical product : Video, Pictures
  • Executive product : Communication

The Frente de Artistas del Borda was created with the aim of making quality art that helps, in this case, to transform the reality of the hospital. Art summons creators to forge an identity within a group work, denouncing those things that harm them during their stay as inmates. This is what generates repercussions at the institutional level, based on the denunciations made. And the social effect is that which is produced from the moment in which the creators show themselves to society as producers of art (“subjectivation”) and not as mentally ill. Creativity is part of freedom and creation appears as a liberating activity, which wants to go beyond the limits of the wall surrounding the hospital, which asks to go out in search of a relationship with society.

Services Offered to the Artist

  • Services Offered : Accommodation, Meals, Location to work and create

Spaces to create, work and rehearse. Networks for diffusion in the city. Emotional support and accompaniment for the work with the target group.