The Talking Cure

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Date(s) - Thursday, April 17, 2014
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm


The Talking Cure


2 March – 11 May 2014

Oakville Galleries at Centennial Square
For more than a century, therapy has been a part of many of our lives—no surprise given the economic, ecological and social turbulence of our age. As philosopher Maurizio Lazzarato writes, “From one financial crisis to the next, we have now entered a period of permanent crisis, which we shall call ‘catastrophe.'” After the global financial crisis in 2008, many artists began examining the relationship between personal crises and social catastrophes, employing different forms of therapy as tools for reframing our perceptions of ourselves and our surroundings. The Talking Cure positions visitors as patients, analysts, or flies on the wall during the process of various psychoanalytic treatments, the exhibition provides space for hands-on audience engagement—such as in Stuart Ringholt’s group anger management workshops (details below)—and time for contemplation and introspection exploring a world in perpetual upheaval. Exhibiting artists include Marianne Flotron, Andrea Fraser, Melanie Gilligan, Jesse Jones, Stuart Ringholt, and Superflex.
The Talking Cure is generously supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, Culture Ireland, the Danish Arts Foundation and the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.
Guest-curated by Aileen Burns & Johan Lundh.