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Saul Robbins

How Can I Help? - An Artful Dialogue

This unique exhibition / installation creates a psychotherapeutic office environment in which other other artists join me in holding "office hours," providing visitors with sincere responses and creative interpretations of psychotherapeutic consultation. Visitors are encouraged to drop-in or schedule one free 15-minute “initial intake” session, during which they may discuss any topic they wish in complete confidence. While none of us are licensed or formally trained, my “colleagues” are chosen for their sensitivity helping others as artists, educators, and consultants, and for their interest in doing so as a creative experiment. We are particularly interested in how participants on both sides of the room will respond to the opportunity of speaking with a complete stranger in this uniquely non-traditional setting.

In 2014 I was commissioned by Pelican Bomb, a New Orleans non-profit working with artists, curators, and writers, to document 13 diverse locations where mental health and healing take place. During March and April, 2017, representatives of the local providers and the artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh joined me on alternate Saturday afternoons, each of us taking turns to receive and speak with visitors.

While How Can I Help? - An Artful Dialogue is motivated by serious intentions, our “meetings” are not intended to replace working with a professionally trained and licensed psychotherapy professional. Visitors wishing to speak with us are required to sign a consent form acknowledging their understanding of this important detail.

Pelican Bomb, New Orleans, March-April, 2017

Photoville, Brooklyn Bridge Park, September, 2014

chashama Windows Space, Manhattan, October, 2012

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