Remember by Ana Maria Pacheco

Ana Maria Pacheco, Remember

Studio 3 Gallery is delighted to host Ana Maria Pacheco’s Remember (2022) during Autumn Term 2023. The exhibition is open to the public Monday – Friday, 10am – 4pm, in the Jarman Building, until 15 December. The private view, to which all are welcome, will be on Thursday 19 October at 6pm.

According to the art critic David Elliot:

Remember, Pacheco’s largest, most colourful, and most complicated installation to date, radiates a previously understated sensuality. Each of its strongly variegated groups of figures seems connected yet, confined in their own worlds, they also appear to exist outside them, on another plane. Although the title reflects the artist’s own remembrance, its central focus is a wider celebration of the energy, vitality, and cyclical nature of life against a continuing hubbub of violence, discord, and kindness. No old people are figured here and out if its twenty characters, three of them are young children.

As if in a film set, different scenes overlap and flash before the eye: young families huddle together, a group of gigantic young thugs are locked in a battle and, as if they hail from another world or time, a “chorus” of young women in white robes, with another veiled in blue, stand to one side, while yet another engages with a focal scene that is either just beginning to unfold or about to reach its climax: steadied by two “sympathisers”, a deathly-pale young man is either being helped down from, or being hoisted up onto a scaffold. This thinly-stretched matrix of a possible crucifixion provokes for the viewer an inevitable dilemma: should one grieve, rejoice – or do nothing? The observer is offered a vital choice: a red pill that could lead to life, it seems, or the blue one, a fast track to oblivion.

If only we could remember![1]

An interview with the artist talking at the Galway International Arts Festival is available here.

[1] This refers to a scene from the 1999 film, The Matrix, in which rebel leader Morpheus offers Neo, the protagonist, a choice between an uncertain future, living the often harsh truth of reality [the red pill] or the possibility of continuing to live in a beautiful, simulated prison, confined by ignorance.

Shadows of the Wanderer at Studio 3 Gallery

Shadows of the Wanderer an exhibition by Ana Maria Pacheco will be displayed at the University of Kent from 17 Jan to 17 May 2011, Mon-Fri 9am-5pm.

The exhibition, which will take place in Studio 3 Gallery on the University’s Canterbury campus, is free and open to all. There is disabled access to the Gallery.

This work by Ana Maria Pacheco has been described by Galleries Magazine as ‘a major new sculptural work by perhaps the most powerful and original of significant artists practicing in this country’.

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Ana Maria Pacheco is a Brazilian artist who has lived and worked in Britain since 1973. She was Head of Fine Art at Norwich School of Art (1985-89) and Associate Artist at the National Gallery (1997-2000). She has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad and her work is represented in major public collections (British Museum, British Council, Arts Council, Tate, V&A etc). Pacheco works across sculpture, painting and printmaking as a figurative artist.

Shadows of the Wanderer is a multi-piece figure sculpture in polychromed wood. In it a group of larger than life, darkly robed figures witness the struggle of a young man to carry an older man on his shoulders. The figures of the young man burdened by the old suggest a reference to the beginning of Virgil’s Aeneid, where the hero Aeneas carries his lame father Anchises out of the burning city of Troy. As in previous works by Pacheco, for example The Longest Journey (1994), Shadows of the Wanderer initiates a journey into unknown territory; a journey that the beholder is invited to participate in.

Shadows of the Wanderer was created in 2008 and was previously exhibited at the Aldeburgh Festival of Music and the Arts in 2008, and at St John’s Waterloo in 2010. The exhibition at Studio 3 in Canterbury has been organised in association with Pratt Contemporary Art. A fully illustrated catalogue with essays by Brendan Prendeville and Christopher Reid is available. The series of Dark Event prints (2007) by Pacheco will also be displayed alongside Shadows of the Wanderer.

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This exhibition has been organised in association with Pratt Contemporary Art.