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Soft Touch: Brent Harris & Justin Clemens In Conversation

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Join artist Brent Harris and for a public discussion with writer Justin Clemens in relation to his ideas and work for ACCA’s exhibition On Vulnerability and Doubt. Both speakers share an interest in art history, philosophy and the deeply psychological and exposing nature of presenting inner thoughts, ideas and desires through art.

Brent Harris works in painting and printmaking, exploring the unconscious, gender, and sensuality, informed by a deep knowledge and curiosity as to histories of art, social science, and religious symbolism. Justin Clemens has written extensively about Brent’s work, and has published on psychoanalysis, contemporary European philosophy, and contemporary Australian art and literature. In addition to his scholarly work, he is well-known nationally as a commentator on Australian art and literature.

Justin Clemens is a Melbourne-based writer and academic. He has published extensively on psychoanalysis, contemporary European philosophy, and contemporary Australian art and literature. Recent publications include Lacan Deleuze Badiou (Edinburgh UP 2014), with A.J. Bartlett and Jon Roffe; Psychoanalysis is an Antiphilosophy (Edinburgh UP 2013); and Minimal Domination (Surpllus 2011). Clemens holds a PhD from The University of Melbourne. He was founding Secretary of the Lacan Circle of Melbourne (2004-2009), and was the art critic for the Australian magazine The Monthly (2004-2009). In addition to his scholarly work, he is well-known nationally as a commentator on Australian art and literature, and his essays and reviews have appeared in The Age, The Australian, The Monthly, Meanjin, Overland, Arena Magazine, TEXT, Un Magazine, Discipline, The Sydney Review of Books , and many others. He is currently Senior Lecturer in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne.

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