Newsletter Sign up
Sign up for news, events
and promotions at
the Cathedral:
Send page to a friend:

Shadows of the Wanderer by Ana Maria Pacheco

Saturday 16th July - Monday 14th November 2016 in the North Transept of the Cathedral.

Free entry and all are welcome. (Click here to read the press release for this event.)

Shadows of the Wanderer
Shadows of the Wanderer
This installation burns a photogram into the retina and sears the memory like few others I have seen of late...(Professor Neil Powell writing for Wall Street International).
Click here to read full article by Professor Powell

From Saturday 16th July to Monday 14th November 2016 the Cathedral will host Ana Maria Pacheco's outstanding and powerful installation Shadows of the Wanderer.  This is a multi-piece figurative sculpture in polychromed wood, in which ten over life-size darkly robed figures witness the struggle of a young man to carry an older man on his shoulders.  This powerful image resonates with contemporary and topical issues of exile, migration and the displacement of people struggling to flee persecution.   Ana was inspired by Virgil's Aeneid, where the hero Aeneas carries his lame father Anchises on his back, leading a band of refugees from the ravaged ruins of Troy. 

Shadows of the Wanderer
Shadows of the Wanderer

Ana Maria Pacheco (sculptor, painter and printmaker) was born in Brazil.  Following degrees in both art and music she went on to complete a postgraduate course in music and education at the Federal University of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro.  She then taught and lectured for several years at the Pontifical Catholic University of Goiás and the Federal University of Goiás before leaving for London in 1973 on a British Council Scholarship to the Slade School of Fine Art.

Since then she has lived and worked in England and her work has been exhibited all around the world.  Her work is held in many private and public collections including, in the UK, the British Museum, Arts Council England, Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

Her work is deeply rooted in Latin American and European social history and culture and deals with serious narratives and enduring themese (journeys, spirituality, mythology, unchecked power) that contribute to the many layers of interpretation and meaning in her work.    It has a strong humanist message and is capable of arousing extreme emotions.

Shadows of the Wanderer
Shadows of the Wanderer

The exhibition was officially opened on Friday 15th July 2016 by David Elliott, Curator and Writer. 

This exhibition has been curated by Jacquiline Creswell (Salisbury Cathedral's Visual Arts Advisor), Pratt Contemporary and Chichester Cathedral's Exhibitions Committee.


A series of talks and workshops connected with Pacheco's work and the themes it explores:

Tuesday 19th July 2016, at 6.30pm. 'The Representation of Suffering: the Work of Ana Maria Pacheco' a lecture by Christopher Wintle, Honorary Senior Research Fellow/Emeritus Senior Lecturer, King's College, London.  In the Cathedral, free entry and all are welcome.  Click here to listen to an audio recording of this lecture. 

Click here to download the PDF of this lecture.

September 16th, 19th, 23rd, 26th & 30th and October 3rd, 17th, & 21st 2016:  'People on the Move: exploring refugee experience.'
  A series of workshops for schools and colleges developed in partnership with Amnesty International.  Contact the Education Department on 01243 812497 for further information.

Tuesday 4th October 2016, 10.30am - 12noon.  Hot Topic Debate: Refugees - problem or gift? 

Thursday 6th October 2016, at 6.30pm.  Colin Wiggins In Conversation with Ana Maria Pacheco. (Colin Wiggins is Special Projects Curator at the National Gallery, London).  In the Cathedral, free entry and all are welcome.  Click here for more information.
(Click here to listen to an audio recording of this talk).

Monday 31st October 2016:  Wood Carving Taster Workshops led by Alex Jones, a traditionally trained wood sculptor.  90 minute workshops will run throughout the day. 

©2018 Chichester Cathedral | Home | Legal statements | Site Map | Contact us | Cookies | Holograph Ltd
The Royal Chantry, Cathedral Cloisters, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 1PX - ECRR Number X6489