Ana Maria Pacheco
Shadows of the Wanderer, 2008

Sculpture, polychromed wood
260 x 390 x 605 cm
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Ten over life-size figures crowd close together and stand as looming shadows behind a young man carrying an older man on his back. This group recalls the tale of Aeneas, who carries his father Anchises from the ruins of Troy, but it also powerfully resonates with current issues, particularly the displacement of people.

Shadows of the Wanderer at St John’s Church, Waterloo
29 October to 23 December 2010.

Faith, Justice, City was a series of sermons and addresses for Advent focusing on London’s diverse resident and transient communities and the issues of faith, justice, equality and civil interaction that impact on all. Shadows of the Wanderer was the centerpiece of this series and was chosen because of its resonances with war, dispossession, refugees and hope.  Speakers were Loretta Minghella (Chief Executive, Christian Aid), Jehangir Malik (Director, Islamic Relief UK), Neil MacGregor, (Director, British Museum), Kate Hoey MP, Rt Revd Richard Cheetham (Bishop of Kingston), Revd Clare Herbert (Inclusive Lecturer, St Martin in the Fields) and Canon Giles Goddard (St John’s Waterloo).  All the addresses were given during the Sunday morning service at St John’s Waterloo and can be read on St. John’s website

Alongside the exhibition of the sculpture and a series of Pacheco’s large drypoint prints, a number of educational and community projects were also held.

A wide-ranging discussion about the questions raised by Shadows of the Wanderer took place at St John’s Church on 29 November 2010 between Ana Maria Pacheco, Xavier Bray (Curator, The Sacred Made Real, National Gallery, London, 2009), Karen Armstrong (author) and Neil MacGregor (Chair) (Director of the British Museum).



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