July 1865. A single tea clipper, The Mimosa, set sail from Liverpool to the west coast of Argentina carrying with it the hopes of 153 pioneers from Wales, 8000 miles away. Their journey was the dream of the revolutionary idealist Michael Jones – a desperate bid to secure a homeland for the people and language of Wales, under assault from the neighbouring English.
The idea that vision is superior to the other senses would explain the commonly held assumption that humans learn better through images, and that ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’. When a new technology that reproduced what the eyes see started to be developed in the nineteenth century, its impact was felt in distinct areas such as art, the social sciences and psychology.
For 22 years, the Colombian capital city has hosted the Festival Iberoamericano de Teatro de Bogota, a celebration of the dramatic arts. The festival takes place every two years and, until her death in 2008, was produced and directed by Fanny Mikey, an Argentine actress of international renown who first created the festival in 1988.
‘Outsider Art’ is one of the terms used to refer to work made by self-taught artists in general, and inpatients (or clients, as preferred by some) in psychiatric institutions, in particular. The use of the term is polemic for it implies a distinction between ‘outsider’ and mainstream art.