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'Afterwards' opens at the Mead Gallery

A new exhibition exploring memory and the concept of 'deferred action' opens at the Mead Gallery at Warwick Arts Centre this weekend.

Sharon Kivland has curated Afterwards which considers ‘Nachträglichkeit’, the term employed by Sigmund Freud to describe the phenomena of ‘deferred action’, where impressions, experiences or memory traces gain significance as a result of re-experiencing the event.

Kivland’s exhibition, which runs until late June, articulates Nachträglichkeit in the arrangement – or retranscription – of a number of works of art and objects from established and younger artists alike.

Pivotal to the exhibition is the painting by Sergei Pankejeff, one of Freud’s patients who recounted to Freud a dream of lying in bed and seeing the window open of its own accord to show white wolves sitting on the walnut tree opposite the window.

Freud used this dream to assert the validity of psychoanalysis to examine childhood traumas embedded in the unconscious.

Sharon Kivland is an artist and writer, reader in Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University, research associate of the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research, London, and visiting fellow at the Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies, University of London.

She has exhibited widely in Europe, and her work is represented by Domo Baal, London, and Galerie Bugdahn & Kaimer, Düsseldorf.

The exhibition runs until Saturday 21st June and is open Monday to Saturday, 12pm - 9pm. Admission is free.

  • The gallery is holding a drinks reception at 6:30pm on Friday 24th April to celebrate the opening of Afterwards.


Untitled. Sergei Pankejeff. Oil of canvas 45cm x 55cm. Courtesy of The Freud Museum, London