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Making Sense

Beauty, Creativity, and Healing

Edited By Bandy Lee, Nancy Olson and Thomas Duffy

Regardless of field, from the art world to healthcare delivery, there is a growing need for practically useful theory and theoretically informed practice. The time is ripe for a collaborative, creative conversation among thinkers and doers who are concerned about the larger world and our role in it. Making Sense: Beauty, Creativity, and Healing is a collection of essays and creative expressions written and produced in relation to a colloquium that tried to address these matters at the Whitney Humanities Center of Yale University. Beginning with a powerful essay on the individually and globally therapeutic qualities of art and beauty by Elaine Scarry of Harvard University, this volume brings together a diversity of theoretically minded scholars, scientists, artists, and healers. In the form of critical and reflective essays, alongside images, poetry, and fiction, this book allows the reader to experience the bursts of ideas and sensory triggers that respond to and extend the artistic installations and performances of the colloquium – and welcomes the reader into the conversation.
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On Jean Frémiot and His Photographic Work with Adolescents


by Lorna Collins

At the 2011 colloquium, French photographer Jean Frémiot described how he uses his art to bring about transformation and healing for individuals and communities. His talk took the form of a bilingual conversation between Frémiot and Lorna Collins, seeking meaning and sense somewhere in between Frémiot’s native French and the Collins’s fragmented translation into English, using Frémiot’s enthralling photographs to document this process of making sense and the formation of a care for the self, which results from Frémiot’s artistic endeavour. This chapter provides Collins’ overview of Frémiot’s art, specifically relating to his work with disadvantaged adolescents, which then demonstrates how creativity can provide healing. The chapter then develops into an interview between Collins and Frémiot, which further develops this essential, symbiotic rapport between art and healing.

1. On Jean Frémiot and Classe Relais

Jean Frémiot is a French photographer, born in 1971, who lives and works in Berry, a small town in the center of France. He graduated from the Bourges Ecole Superieur d’Art in 1994 and was awarded the Laureat by the Bourse du Talent in 2008. He has exhibited his works in multiple galleries and museums around France, including the National Library of France and the Photoautumnales de Beauvais festival. He has also exhibited internationally, at the Piyngyao International Photography Festival 2009, in China, and at the Pnomh Penh International Photography Festival, in Cambodia.

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