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Presentation: The Disasters of War: Imaging the Unimaginable with Brendan McPhillips

  • Sydney Mechanics School of Arts 280 Pitt Street Sydney, NSW, 2000 Australia (map)

In the early 1800s the artist, Goya, was present during the conflict between Napoleon and the Spanish partisans. He documented what he saw in a series of etchings called The Disasters of War. These are profoundly moving and profoundly horrifying images. The art historian, Robert Hughes calls them: The greatest anti-war manifesto in the history of art.

If Jung was on about anything, it was the primacy of the image. Though they depict scenes of unbearable cruelty and suffering, yet Goya, by now in his sixties and the most famous artist in Spain, shows us the pity and the humanity that lies beneath the horror, and thus, as only great art can do, opens us to the deepest strata of experience within ourselves.

Brendan McPhillips is a psychotherapist working in private practice in Sydney. He conceived a passion for Jung early in life after reading Dreams, Memories, Reflections, finding, for the first time, a language that matched his experience, which, until that time, had had no words.

He has been a member of the Sydney Jung Society since 1983, and, in his work as a therapist, continues to be deeply influenced by Jung’s writings.

He has a love of history and music, and can also, at times, be seen wandering the streets of Haberfield attempting to practise his very bad Italian.

Date: 13 May 2016
Time: 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Venue: Mitchell theatre Level 1 Sydney Mechanics' School
of Arts, 280 Pitt St, Sydney
Cost: Members $15 Non-Members $25 Non-Member
Concession $20

*Psychotherapists and other practitioners can obtain credit for Professional Development hours recognised by CAPA, PACFA and ACA for this presentation.