Ana Maria Pacheco
Shadows of the Wanderer, 2008
Polychrome wood – 260 x 390 x 605 cm
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Shadows of the Wanderer 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.
The young man at the front of the sculpture group, fleeing from something we cannot see, carries nothing but his father – his past, his identity – and it was I think a stroke of genius that Ana Maria has carved both father and son out of the same piece of wood. This man literally cannot leave his past behind, but must take it with him. And that young man is about to step off the plinth and be among us. How are we going to react? Now, today, as this displaced man and his family arrive in our church? What will we do? Will we behave with justice and with love?
Neil MacGregor, ‘Faith, Justice, Art’, Sunday 21 November 2010 From Faith, Justice, City, a series of sermons and addresses for Advent organised by the Church of St John the Evangelist, Waterloo to accompany the exhibition: Ana Maria Pacheco | Shadows of the Wanderer, 2010. During the exhibition, a wide-ranging discussion about the questions raised by this sculpture took place between Ana Maria Pacheco, Xavier Bray (recently appointed Director of the Wallace Collection, London), Karen Armstrong (Author) and Neil MacGregor, Chair (then Director of the British Museum).
From March to December 2015, Shadows of the Wanderer was installed in the North Transept of Norwich Cathedral and from July to November 2016, in the North Transept of Chichester Cathedral. The exhibition at Chichester Cathedral was opened by David Elliott and events included a talk by Christopher Wintle (click on Approaches to Suffering: Ana Maria Pacheco’s ‘Shadows of the Wanderer’ to access PDF) and an in conversation event Ana Maria Pacheco and Colin Wiggins in conversation at Chichester Cathedral