'Stolen memories' - exhibition, dance, discussion

By staff writers
August 9, 2013

Translated literally, Ana Maria Pacheco's title 'Memória Roubada' means 'stolen memories'.

At the heart of this exhibition at St Albert's Catholic Chaplaincy, Edinburgh, running from 9-13 August 2013, are two sculptural works characteristic of both Pacheco's practice and her personal and political concerns about the exercise of power.

Displayed facing one another, each work is a wooden cupboard shelved with rows of sculpted heads - the heads in the first piece are anguished and flushed with colour, whilst those they face remain pale and still.

Entering a dialogue across the exhibition space, the works together speak both to the brutal history of colonisation and to Protestant and Catholic religious traditions.

Presented in the beautiful context of the chaplaincy, the exhibition also includes a series of the artist's drypoint prints entitled 'Dark Event' (2007) and a documentary about the artist's work narrated by Colin Wiggins, produced to accompany an exhibition of her work at The National Gallery in 1999.

On Tuesday 13 August, Thania Acaron will respond in dance to Pacheco's 'Memoria Roubada', followed by a discussion which will be led by Jolyon Mitchell, Professor of Communications, Arts and Religion, University of Edinburgh and co-ordinator of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues.

* The exhibition can be viewed beforehand from 5.30pm (refreshments served) or Mon to Friday, 11am to 5pm (1st to 31st August). Admiision free but a donation please to cover exhibition costs.

* Tickets for admission to Assembly, Venue Three, Edinburgh, must be collected beforehand from 5.30pm at 23 George Square EH8 9LD. Booking on Eventbrite: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/7390478119/es2/?rank=82

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