Jurujuba

Founded in 1953, in the capital of the state of Rio de Janeiro, the Jurujuba hospital in Niterói was created to be a reference in the treatment of mental illnesses of the time, including lobotomy treatment. However, it was quickly used as a storehouse for the insane and marginalized brought by the police and other state agencies.

 

In the late 1980s, with the redemocratization, the new constitution, and the beginning of psychiatric reform, the direction of the hospital changed and it was municipalized. During a long period that involved a lot of collective care, professional effort and affection, it became a reference in the treatment of mental health in Brazil. Today, the exit doors are much wider than the entrance ones and the walls that closed the marginals in a parallel world, now approach a "normal" world.

 

This work is a documentation of a historical moment in the psychiatric reform in Brazil in which the paradigms that are related to denunciation and exposure to the horror of asylum to the world are already partially overcome. My proposal is to immerse the reader into this universe that is parallel to the normalized reality. It is to go the opposite way of social exclusion, but in the most intimate way possible, allowing an individual understanding of what is meant by madness. It is to seek a place where the madman fits. It is deconstructing the answers and give space to the questions.

 

Project under development since 2017.