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Without Words Exhibition Panel Discussion

Friday 22 July 2011, 4—5.30pm
at Centre for Contemporary Photography.
Gold-coin donation, no bookings required.

Without Words brings together photographic and video works from both art and documentary realms that engage with emotional affect, sincerity, passion and empathy. When art photography has abandoned its indexical relation to the real, how might it convey sorrow, humiliation, love or grief? Equally, can austerity be a powerful force in the historical record?

The exhibition is presented in association with Melbourne Law School’s IILAH and APCML symposium, Affective States of International Criminal Justice, 20—22 July 2011 and supported by the Australian Research Council War Crimes Project. The symposium will bring together speakers interested in reflecting on, talking about and engaging with the emotional life that organises or informs or disrupts the distinctive but plural communities of international criminal justice.

CCP will host this closing session of the symposium, a panel discussion with presentations by Without Words curator Kyla McFarlane and exhibiting artist Tom Nicholson, chaired by Professor Gerry Simpson, Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law. Join us for an engaging discussion across the disciplines of art and law.


Professor Gerry Simpson
Kenneth Bailey Professor of Law, Melbourne Law School and Director of the Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law


Kyla McFarlane
Associate Curator, Centre of Contemporary Photography

Tom Nicholson
Artist and Lecturer, Drawing at the Faculty of Art and Design at Monash University

Nicholson’s cross-media and performative practice engages with ideas of the monument and action in relation to sovereignty and the formation of individual and collective history and site. He has exhibited in both group and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally, including at The Hague, Berlin, Sienna and Santiago. He is represented by Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne and Sydney.

For a recording of Kyla McFarlane's lecture, click here MP3, 8.5MB

For a recording of Tom Nicholson's lecture, click here MP3, 5.4MB

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