mind-moving: the art therapy program closes with a special event

mind-moving, the art therapy program initiated and organized by Indie Box, in partnership with NOPA – Norwegian Society of Composers and Lyricists, Entuziart Association and Profeti ART SRL, reaches the end of the implementation period and concludes its journey with a special event, dedicated to the general public, with free entry, on February 21, from 6:30 p.m., at Arcub – Hanul Gabroveni (Str. Lipscani, no. 84 – 90). Sign up: https://bit.ly/mind-movingTalks

Alexandra Bălășoiu. PHOTO Cristina Matei

48 dance, painting and photography workshops held for 6 months in two psychiatric hospitals in the country, over 600 participating patients, 4 choreography performances in the 2 hospitals, an artistic residency in the Voila Psychiatric Hospital in Câmpina, a performative installation, developed as a result of the experience of the 7 artists in residence, exhibited in Bucharest and Asker (Norway) are the stages that the mind-moving project went through in the last 15 months.

The closing event will take place on Wednesday, February 21, and will begin, at 19:00, with the performance created and supported by Alexandra Bălășoiu – The spring tides of a good girl. Created before the project, in 2021, the performance was the artist's first approach in relation to illness and mental health and was presented over time in psychiatric hospitals, public spaces and spaces dedicated to performance. It tells the story of a mother who went mad one autumn day and exposes different points of view on madness, how the 'mad' is seen socially and how he feels in relation to others. In her speech, Alexandra integrates both her personal memory and fragments of the memories she came across during this research.


Next, the public is invited to attend mind-moving talks, a series of 15-minute presentations in which specialists in psychiatry, psychotherapy, anthropology and art therapy shed light on lesser-known aspects of mental health and good practices that can help treatment and destigmatization of the mentally ill. Among the speakers are Ema Alexandrescu (founder of Lumenesc) – who will talk about Photographic Art – door to self; Irina Minescu (psychiatrist doctor, manager Voila Psychiatric Hospital, Câmpina) – who will argue why mind-moving is a desired project of modern psychiatric management; Valentina Petrache (principal social worker at the Eftimie Diamandescu Psychiatric Hospital, Bălăceanca) – who will talk about personal initiatives to support patients; Anca Ghearăsămescu (art therapist Phronetik®️ and Jungian psychotherapist) – who will provide details about psychiatric diagnosis and artistic identity; Valentin Veron Toma (head of the Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology within the “Francisc I Rainer” Institute of Anthropology of the Romanian Academy), who will reveal information about recent changes in the European vision on mental health and the role of art therapies in prevention and curative intervention on mental disorders; Loredana Larionescu (dance therapist, Entuziart Association) – who will speak for the first time about the subjective evaluation of visitors to the mind-moving installation at the two extremes of Europe.

An 11-minute documentary, created by Cătălin Munteanu, about the entire mind-moving artistic process will also be screened during the event. The evening will end with a live concert, accompanied by visual projections signed by Andrei Cozlac, supported by Paolo Profeti and Denis Bolborea. The event will also include recordings created especially by Stina Moltu, the Norwegian artist who participated in the artistic residency that gave birth to the performative installation exhibited in November and December.

The mind-moving program was born last year from the desire to reduce disparities between the general public and people with psychiatric diagnoses, through contemporary music and dance, and concentrated the experience of all the previous projects carried out by Indie Box. All those who want to participate in the mind-moving talks event can do so for free, by simply registering online: https://bit.ly/mind-movingTalks