Using culture (amateur cinema, theater, and literature) and politics (self-management, cooperatives, and anti-Stalinist communism), Tosquelles worked and engaged with avantgarde poets like Paul Éluard, Antonin Artaud and Tristan Tzara, the post-colonial philosopher and psychiatrist Frantz Fanon and philosopher Félix Guattari. During those years, Tosquelles had a disagreement with the artist Jean Dubuffet, who invented the notion of outsider art (art brut) so as to name the artistic practices “executed by people untouched by artistic culture”. Tosquelles criticized the idea of a raw art because he refused to exoticize or alienate madness. Tosquelles’ project of humanization was shaped by radical politics in Catalonia during the 1930s and his own emancipation practices during the Spanish Civil War, when he resolved to treat the therapeutic community rather than the patients themselves. Tosquelles also worked with people outside the medical profession: musicians, writers, lawyers and even prostitutes. All these experiences resonate in the book that Tosquelles wrote on Catalan poet Gabriel Ferrater and the experience of the Spanish Civil War.
Joana Masó is a literary critic whose work focuses on the crossover between literature, thinking, and contemporary art. She is a senior lecturer at Barcelona University, a researcher at ADHUC–Research Centre for Theory, Gender and Sexuality, and the UNESCO chair, Women, Development and Cultures. She has curated exhibitions and translated several books of essays and books about French cinema and has published texts, in different languages, about the art of Hélène Cixous (Poetas en pintura. Escritos sobre arte: de Rembrandt a Nancy Spero) and the aesthetics and architecture of Jacques Derrida (Artes de lo visible [1979-2004] and Les arts de l’espace). Since 2017, she has coordinated the research project “The forgotten legacy of Francesc Tosquelles”, which has resulted in the publication of the volume Tosquelles. Curar les institucions (Arcàdia), recognized with the Premi Ciutat de Barcelona of Essay, Humanities and History 2021, and the exhibition "Francesc Tosquelles. Like a Sewing Machine in a Wheat Field", the result of a study process developed together with Carles Guerra.