Into the Deep Woods

21 Aug 2016 – 25 Sep 2016

PAPER Gallery

Manchester, United Kingdom


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  • 59, 2
  • Manchester Victoria

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In collaboration with a-space in Switzerland, PAPER presents Into the Deep Woods.


Drawing inspiration from the interpretation of the forest as the unconscious, 10 artists and a poet have responded to this notion, creating within their works a narrative construct to explore the theory of the forest as a psychological space. The forest signifies the realm of the imagination, which, according to Lacan, is the psychic place, or phase, where the child projects its ideas of self in order to develop its own identity, sexuality, and gendered self. A recurrent theme in fairytales is the protagonist entering the forest. Through the ensuing narrative and their chilling encounters, they inevitably gain a sense of the changes in their lives, particularly from child to adult, and also a sense of morality.


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