We are delighted to announce that London’s Freud Museum will host an art installation by SelfMadeHero artist Sława Harasymowicz based on her work for the graphic novel, The Wolf Man, written by Richard Appignanesi.
The show will combine an installation of silkscreen prints and drawings alongside items from the Freud Museum archive. These items collectively document Freud’s attempts to unravel the source of the Russian aristocrat, Sergei Pankejeff’s, crippling neurosis. Sława’s installation is intended “to draw the images out from their paper medium into a suggestion of method.”
The repetition involved in her working process harks back to The Wolf Man’s repeated accounts of personal history and his recurrent dreams, revisited during Sigmund Freud’s analysis of him.
This from the Freud Museum on the importance of the Wolf Man case in the history of psychoanalysis:
“Pankejeff’s dream would play a major role in Freud’s theory of infantile sexuality, and along with Irma’s injection (Freud’s own dream, which launched dream analysis), it was one of the most important dreams for the development of Freud’s theories. Additionally, Pankejeff became the main case used by Freud to prove the validity of psychoanalysis. It was the first detailed case study that brought together the main aspects of catharsis, the unconscious, sexuality, and dream analysis put forward by Freud in his Studies on Hysteria (1895), The Interpretation of Dreams (1899), and his Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality (1905).”
This amazing exhibition will be curated by Sarah Jury and is kindly supported by The Polish Cultural Institute and The University of Bedfordshire.
It will run from 2 to 24 June 2012 at The Freud Museum, Marefield Gardens, London.
Bookplated editions of The Wolf Man signed by the artist and writer are available from the Freud Museum shop.
If this is the first you’ve heard about The Wolf Man, then watch this short documentary about on our Vimeo channel: