Cibelle Cavalli Bastos
The Shape of a Shadow is an exhibition exploring the ‘dark side’ of our personality, which simultaneously reflects what culture perhaps is, but what it does not want to acknowledge.
It is suggested that the Jungian notion of the shadow is formed by a collection of our repressed impulses and desires. These repressions could include under-developed cravings like sexual lust, power battles, selfish needs, greed, envy, anger or rage.
The unenlightened nature of these sometimes primitive, negative and socially unacceptable characteristic traits, impulses and emotions are hidden from light and as they are obscured by consciousness their own denial forms part of the shadow.
Jungian analyst Aniela Jaffé surmises this notion by suggesting that the ‘‘sum of all personal and collective psychic elements which, because of their incompatibility with the chosen conscious attitude, are denied expression in life and therefore coalesce into a relatively autonomous ‘splinter personality’ with contrary tendencies in the unconscious’’. (Memories Dream Reflections, by Jung and Jaffé)
Works in this exhibition have been selected as they (in someway) reveal a reaching out into the void, perhaps in pursuit of understanding the artists’ own surroundings, underworld and shadows through a path of enlightenment, transformation and change.
Curated by Alana Lake