Book launch: 'In search of the subject in mental health care'

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On Sunday 30 April, psychotherapist Piet Clauwaert presents his book (in Dutch) in Room 1 at S.M.A.K. In it he collects drawings and poems made by people with mental disabilities. Artistic director Philippe Van Cauteren wrote a foreword.

In the setting of a psychiatric hospital, Piet Clauwaert runs a studio where people with mental disabilities can create drawings and poems. This company is guided by the principle of free association, borrowed from Freud and Lacan's psychoanalysis. The drawings and poems brought together in this book form the basis for an invocation of the absence of the subject in mental health care and in psychiatry in particular.

Piet Clauwaert is an independently established clinical sexologist and psychoanalytic psychotherapist. Commentaries in the book were provided by Mark Adriaensen (free established psychoanalyst in Ghent), Philippe Van Cauteren (artistic director S.M.A.K.) and Paul Verhaeghe (emeritus professor at UGent, author and free established psychoanalyst).

Order your book in advance by emailing with the subject 'Piet Clauwaert' and transferring 38 euros to BE35 442 7059861 37. You can pick up the book during this book presentation at S.M.A.K.

Practical information
  • Sunday 30.Apr.2023.
  • 15:00-17:00.
  • Room 1, Jan Hoetplein 1, 9000 Ghent.
  • In Dutch.
  • Admission to the book launch is free.
  • Order your copy by 28.Feb.2023.
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