Panel talk - Photography, trauma and healing
Dr Helen Vatsikopoulos is a Walkley Award winning journalist, documentary maker and academic teaching Journalism at the University of Technology Sydney.
Alasdair Foster is Professor of Culture in Community Wellbeing in the School of Public Health at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, and Adjunct Professor in the School of Art of RMIT University, Melbourne. He was previously director of the Australia Centre for Photography (1998–2011) and founding director of Fotofeis, the international festival of photo-based art in Scotland (1991–1997). An international writer, researcher and award-winning curator, he is Ambassador to the Asia-Pacific PhotoForum – a group of festivals in Asia, Oceania and the west coast of the Americas. Image: Murray Fredericks
A Walkley Award-winning photojournalist and Nikon Ambassador, David Dare Parker has photographed for many national and international magazines throughout Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Australasia. Publications include LeMonde, Stern, L'Express, Focus, Australian Geographic, The Bulletin, The New York Times, Fortune and Time Australia. He is featured in the Australian War Memorial book Contact – Australian War Photographers and WAR: Degree South.
Erika Diettes (Colombia, 1978) is a visual artist with a degree in social communication from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá. This dual focus on visual art and communication is reflected in her art and in her publications which establish an intimate dialogue between the work and its audience. She also holds a M.A. in Anthropology from Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá, with a thesis published by UniAndes in which she examines a concrete family situation and the mediation of television images on the process of mourning the loss of loved ones. Diettes incorporates in her work the intellectual framework provided by her academic training, resulting in a synthesis of image, message and process, a trifecta that stands as a conceptual and formal base that undergirds the body of work she has produced.
Tom gross has been a psychologist in Sydney for over 40 years. He has a particular interest in finding a language to assist people to visualise and embody emotional experience, as the pathway to managing trauma- the 'unseeable experience of existential threat'. Tom combines ideas from psychoanalytic and psychodynamic theory combined with an understanding of the body and emotion derived from his studies and experience of the Feldenkrais Method- a physical movement-based therapy which is sensitive to emotional and neurological factors.
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