The Temptation of the Wall

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**The Temptation of the Wall: meeting with Massimo Recalcati

Thursday 10 October | 7 p.m. | Piazza del Sole, Bellinzona**

Sconfinare Festival 2024

It is not just a question of fences, barbed wire, walls or customs: there are borders that lie outside of us and others, on the other hand, that are hidden within us. In a historical period such as the one we are living through, marked in the daily news by a return to increasingly inflamed borders, one cannot help but return to the way in which human beings have always drawn borders. Borders made to be surpassed on the push of desires for freedom, thirst for knowledge or sociality, but also borders-barriers, placed to defend one's own safety or to protect one's own perimeter of life.

Openness on one side, closure on the other. Or if we want to use symbols: the sea on one side, the wall on the other. Yet, between these two polarities, there are also those many in-between worlds where borders can become porous, fuelling that game of exchanges whereby the other becomes the mirror to create our identity. Also because, if on the one hand the hardening of the border and an excess of belonging lead to a claustrophobia made up of conformism and standardisation, on the other hand the opposite excess of limitless freedom risks causing a severing of all kinds of roots, the loss of the feeling of identity, disorientation, bewilderment, up to the height of the loss of self.

This is why it becomes essential to find points of balance that can create a link between freedom and responsibility, between history and the future, between individual and collective life. These are all borders within borders that we cannot but face together, but rather become the plastic testimony, if ever there was a need, that no one can be saved alone. Because if a wall can make you feel at home, it is also true that a house without doors that open is no longer a home, but a fortress that erases differences and that fundamental human glue that is solidarity.

The discussion will be moderated by Lorenzo Buccella, cultural journalist at RSI.

Massimo Recalcati

an internationally renowned psychoanalyst, he directs the IRPA (Research Institute of Applied Psychoanalysis) and in 2003 founded Jonas Onlus (Psychoanalytic Clinic Centre for New Symptoms). He collaborates with La Repubblica and currently teaches at IULM in Milan, as well as at the Universities of Urbino, Lausanne, Bergamo, Pavia and Verona. He is the author of numerous books, translated into several languages. His latest publications include: The Temptation of the Wall. Lezioni brevi per un lessico civile (Feltrinelli, 2021), La Legge della parola. Biblical Roots of Psychoanalysis (2022 and 2023), With Clenched Fists. Psicoanalisi del mondo contemporaneo (Feltrinelli, 2023), Il silenzio della materia. La poetica del Muro di Antoni Tàpies (Marsilio Editore, 2024).

Lorenzo Buccella

is a journalist, film critic, writer of poetry, short stories and theatre texts. After various experiences in different newspapers, since 2011 he has been working at the RSI-Swiss television newswire as an editor and presenter. Since 2018 he has been a correspondent from Italy, again for RSI. Since 2010 he has also been the editorial manager of PardoLive, the official magazine and website of the Locarno Film Festival.

**The Temptation of the Wall: meeting with Massimo Recalcati

Thursday 10 October | 7 p.m. | Piazza del Sole, Bellinzona**

Sconfinare Festival 2024

It is not just a question of fences, barbed wire, walls or customs: there are borders that lie outside of us and others, on the other hand, that are hidden within us. In a historical period such as the one we are living through, marked in the daily news by a return to increasingly inflamed borders, one cannot help but return to the way in which human beings have always drawn borders. Borders made to be surpassed on the push of desires for freedom, thirst for knowledge or sociality, but also borders-barriers, placed to defend one's own safety or to protect one's own perimeter of life.

Openness on one side, closure on the other. Or if we want to use symbols: the sea on one side, the wall on the other. Yet, between these two polarities, there are also those many in-between worlds where borders can become porous, fuelling that game of exchanges whereby the other becomes the mirror to create our identity. Also because, if on the one hand the hardening of the border and an excess of belonging lead to a claustrophobia made up of conformism and standardisation, on the other hand the opposite excess of limitless freedom risks causing a severing of all kinds of roots, the loss of the feeling of identity, disorientation, bewilderment, up to the height of the loss of self.

This is why it becomes essential to find points of balance that can create a link between freedom and responsibility, between history and the future, between individual and collective life. These are all borders within borders that we cannot but face together, but rather become the plastic testimony, if ever there was a need, that no one can be saved alone. Because if a wall can make you feel at home, it is also true that a house without doors that open is no longer a home, but a fortress that erases differences and that fundamental human glue that is solidarity.

The discussion will be moderated by Lorenzo Buccella, cultural journalist at RSI.

Massimo Recalcati

an internationally renowned psychoanalyst, he directs the IRPA (Research Institute of Applied Psychoanalysis) and in 2003 founded Jonas Onlus (Psychoanalytic Clinic Centre for New Symptoms). He collaborates with La Repubblica and currently teaches at IULM in Milan, as well as at the Universities of Urbino, Lausanne, Bergamo, Pavia and Verona. He is the author of numerous books, translated into several languages. His latest publications include: The Temptation of the Wall. Lezioni brevi per un lessico civile (Feltrinelli, 2021), La Legge della parola. Biblical Roots of Psychoanalysis (2022 and 2023), With Clenched Fists. Psicoanalisi del mondo contemporaneo (Feltrinelli, 2023), Il silenzio della materia. La poetica del Muro di Antoni Tàpies (Marsilio Editore, 2024).

Lorenzo Buccella

is a journalist, film critic, writer of poetry, short stories and theatre texts. After various experiences in different newspapers, since 2011 he has been working at the RSI-Swiss television newswire as an editor and presenter. Since 2018 he has been a correspondent from Italy, again for RSI. Since 2010 he has also been the editorial manager of PardoLive, the official magazine and website of the Locarno Film Festival.

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10.10.2024
Bellinzona

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