Francesc Tosquelles (Reus, 1912 – Granges-sur-Lot, 1994) is known as one of the major founders of the practice of institutional psychotherapy. His practice was deeply contextualized with the humanitarian emergency during the Spanish Civil War and World War II
Disciple of Emili Mira and attentive to the theories of Hermann Simon, Strauss and Jacques Lacan, Tosquelles articulated psychoanalysis and Marxism to establish the foundations of institutional psychotherapy. This was most realized during his work at the hospital in Saint-Alban-sur-Limagnole between 1940 and 1962, after staying at the internment camp of Septfonds. Images from the Tosquelles family archive of daily life at Saint Alban and other archival ephemera are featured in the art portfolio of the “Air” issue of the Quarterly Journal with an introduction by scholar Joana Masó.