On 30 September 2015, it was exactly 200 years ago that the mentally ill were released from the shackles in the crypt of the medieval Castle of Gerard the Devil in Ghent. Canon Triest and the Bothers of Charity were the instigators. This event can be seen as the beginning of psychiatric care in Belgium.
By means of photographs, film, testimonials, etc., “Out of the shadows” shows the degrading way in which mentally ill people were treated in the past, and also too often today. The exhibition looks at the differences in approaching mental illness worldwide, and shows the many forms in which chains nowadays appear and are broken.