The Freud Museum

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3 October 2017
6.30 – 7.30 pm

Toby Ziegler In Conversation with Darian Leader

As part of Frieze Week in London and to coincide with Toby Ziegler's exhibition The Genesis Speech, the Freud Museum will host the artist in conversation with psychoanalyst and author Darian Leader.

For several years Ziegler’s work has been characterized by an investigation into the ways that images and objects accumulate and shed narratives, and Freud’s collection of antiquities epitomises this. Freud collected artefacts - statues of Egyptian, Greek and Roman gods, fertility symbols and phalloi – which can be seen as symbols of specific human drives, but also gradually became familiar ornaments, absorbed into their environment; for his patients they may have had completely different associations again, sometimes functioning as triggers in their analysis. The works in this exhibition, though in situ for only a short time, imagine themselves as comparable to this process of absorption.


Note on the Artist:

Toby Ziegler (born 1972) lives and works in London, UK. After completing B.F.A. (Hons) at Central St. Martin’s School of Art, London, Ziegler completed a residency at Delfina Studios, London (2004-2006). He has since staged solo exhibitions at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield (2007), Simon Lee Gallery, London, UK (2008), Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki (2012), Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, Germany (2013), PKM Gallery, Seoul, Korea (2015), and has worked in group exhibitions across the US, Europe and Asia. Toby’s concurrent exhibition at Roche Court runs from 23 September – 26 November 2017.

Note on the Speaker:

Darian Leader is a British psychoanalyst and author. Leader studied Philosophy in Cambridge, and then History of Science in Paris, where he also trained as an analyst. He is a founding member of the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research (CFAR), President of the College of Psychoanalysts, a Trustee of the Freud Museum London, and Honorary Visiting Professor in Psychoanalysis at Roehampton University. His books include Stealing the Mona Lisa, What Art Stops Us From Seeing, Why Do People Get Ill?, The New Black: Mourning, Melancholia and Depression, and What Is Madness?

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