At PICA we recognise that we are situated within the unceded lands of the Whadjuk people of the Noongar Nation. We pay our respects and offer our gratitude to Elders past and present, and to those emerging leaders in the community. We acknowledge all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the importance of their care and continued connection to culture, community and Country.

Always was, always will be.

Our foyer is open today 10am–5pm. Our exhibitions are always free.

Thea Costantino, Pilar Mata Dupont, Susan Flavell, Tarryn Gill, Travis Kelleher, Andrew Nicholls, Nalda Searles

An Internal Difficulty

An Internal Difficulty

Curated by Andrew Nicholls.

An Internal Difficulty brings together seven of Western Australia’s most innovative artists to reconsider the figure of Sigmund Freud in relation to his domestic context. In 2013 the artists undertook a residency at the Freud Museum London, the townhouse in which Freud and his family settled after fleeing the Nazi occupation of Austria.

The Museum houses the late psychoanalyst’s extraordinary collections of art, antiquities, textiles, prints and furniture, and his library. Its centerpiece is Freud’s study and ‘the’ iconic psychoanalytical couch. The residency allowed the artists privileged insight into Freud’s final months and the resulting artworks represent a unique and intimate reconsideration of one of the most influential figures of the twentieth century.