Critiquing You Critiquing Me—A-HA!
What does a robust critical culture look like? In this talk, essayist, editor and critic Cher Tan shares her experiences on writing criticism and the duty of care required – whether it be critiquing literature, culture, arts or otherwise.
The work of criticism is generally plagued by an ivory tower image, but criticism is always happening: on social media, in YouTube comments, amongst ourselves. How do we approach criticism as an ‘act of care’ (Hanif Abdurraqib) and as a form that ‘allows us to make sense of something—a fact, a feeling, an art form—by orienting a set of beliefs about the world [and] also allows us to make this knowledge known to others’ (Merve Emre)?
Using a collaborative approach, Cher will explore this throughout the talk, with time for a short Q&A at the end.
WHEN: Sunday 4 July, 5-6pm
WHERE: Online via Zoom
COST: General: $15, student $10
MEET THE ARTIST
Cher Tan is an essayist and critic in Birraranga/Melbourne, via Kaurna Yerta/Adelaide and Singapore. Her work has appeared in the Sydney Review of Books, The Saturday Paper, The Lifted Brow, Runway Journal, Overland and Kill Your Darlings, amongst others. She is an editor at LIMINAL magazine and the reviews editor at Meanjin. Currently, she is working on her debut essay collection PERIPATHETIC.
Image courtesy of Cher Tan.