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Do We Need to Talk About Porn? is Lambeth & Southwark Mind's 2018 annual lecture aimed at psychotherapists, artists and members of the public who are curious about the complex relationships we have with pornographic and erotic imagery in the modern world. This year's lecture will consist of an exciting dialogue between a psychoanalyst and an artist, each having investigated the nature of the erotic image from two very different approaches.

Author of Lost Goddesses, A Kaleidoscope on Porn (Routledge / Karnac Books 2017) Jungian analyst Giorgio Tricarico will discuss his particular interest in the phenomenon of internet porn, its relation to consumer culture, and sacred states; whilst contemporary artist Jane Hayes Greenwood will present her recent artwork exploring explicit imagery and themes of consumption, desire and shame. A conversation chaired by Lambeth & Southwark Mind's Clinical Director Ajay Khandelwal will investigate the correlation between analytic and artistic work and seek to tease out if and how art and analysis might come to understand the complex alure of the pornographic image better together.

Despite its pervasive ubiquity within the lives of many, its addictive qualities and potentially destructive consequences for intimate and loving relationships, pornographic imagery and the phantasies it propagates are rarely discussed in much detail within the therapeutic session. The literature about porn usually emphasises its negative, pathological aspects, in referral to the individual user, or its devaluating, abusive sides in regard of the collective view on women and the feminine. But mass porn is a phenomenon of the current world, a technological object, and a product on the shelves of the global market: as such, it is subject to the consumer logic that deeply informs the Western culture in all its manifestations. Accordingly, porn could be considered a door to various aspects of our culture, a complex phenomenon with manifold nuances that we should try to understand on a deeper level. Only a deeper understanding of its complexity could help us to account for its widespread power of attraction, and to deal with it with a profound, mature awareness.

Organised in collaboration with Block 336, Do We Need To Talk About Porn? is a fundraiser for Lambeth & Southwark Mind's provision of free long-term psychotherapy. Cocktails and drinks will be available to purchase at the event and there will be a chance to socialise, network and celebrate the work of Lambeth & Southwark Mind and Block 336.

Giorgio Tricarico is a clinical psychologist, a Jungian analyst, and a member of the International Association for Analytical Psychology (IAAP). He has worked with adult patients since 1998, and has given several lectures and seminars on relevant issues in Analytic Psychology. Since 2009, he has been living and working in Helsinki, Finland, as a psychologist, psychotherapist, and as a Jungian analyst and supervisor. He is the author of Lost Goddesses, A Kaleidoscope on Porn and The Labyrinth of Possibility: A Therapeutic Factor in Analytic Practice, both published by Routledge/Karnac Books.

Jane Hayes Greenwood is a contemporary artist working in painting, sculpture and installation. In 2016 she was nominated for the XL Catlin Art Prize and her work has been shown nationally and internationally. Her most recent solo exhibition Lead Me Not Into Temptation used the story of the Garden of Eden to reimagine our archetypal relationships with food, sex, desire and spectatorship.

Ajay Khandelwal is the CEO and Clinical Director of Lambeth and Southwark Mind. He is also a practicing psychoanalytical psychotherapist, a member of the UK College of Psychoanalysts and the Guild of Psychotherapists.


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