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Colin Wiggins 'In Conversation with Ana Maria Pacheco' acclaimed artist and creator of 'Shadows of the Wanderer'

Shadows of the Wanderer with Ana Maria Pacheco
Shadows of the Wanderer with Ana Maria Pacheco

Thursday 6th October 2016 at 6.30pm

In the Cathedral Nave.  Free entry and all are welcome.

Colin Wiggins is Special Projects Curator at the National Gallery, London.  Before taking up this post in 2011 he worked in the Gallery's Education Department where he had special responsibility for the Associate Artist scheme.  Ana Maria Pacheco was invited to be the Gallery's fourth Associate Artist - from 1997 to 2000.  She was both the first non-European and the first sculptor to take up this appointment, which culminated in a major exhibition of her work.

Colin Wiggins has lectured widely in the United States and Europe and is a practising printmaker, with work in various collections including the Los Angeles County Museum and the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

Shadows of the Wanderer Detail
Shadows of the Wanderer Detail

Colin will discuss with Ana Maria her powerful and thought-provoking sculpture 'Shadows of the Wanderer', currently at the Cathedral until 14th November 2016, as well as her other works.  'Shadows of the Wanderer' presents a complex scene of twelve figures, each of them larger than a human and carved out of a single lime tree.  Ten of the figures stand in the shadows around a young man who is carrying an older man on his back.  These two central figures draw from Virgil's Aeneid.  In Virgil's ancient poem, a young man, Aeneas, carries his lame father and flees from the burning ruins of Troy.

Pacheco's contemporary - and challenging - depiction of this scene resonates powerfully with current debates about exile, migration and the displacement of people who are trying to escape persecution in our own day.

Ana Maria Pacheco was born in Brazil and since 1973 has lived and worked in England.  Her work is deeply rooted in Latin American and European social history and culture and deals with enduring themes (journeys, spirituality, mythology, unchecked power) that contribute to the many layers of interpretation and meaning in her work.

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