Lethe is the river that cleanses Dante in Purgatory, the one that wipes memories of the dead as they drink from it or bathe in it. The poet Sylvia Plath steps up from ‘the black car of Lethe, Pure as a baby’. It is an escape, a relief from our own physical limitations. ‘The soul that has been rash enough to drink from the fount of Lethe… is reincarnated and again cast into the cycle of becoming’, according to philosopher Mircea Eliade.
As important recollections slip from our memory, this loss brings its own kind of grief. The past becomes a vast, blank territory where even the most important memories from childhood are erased – if we do not remember them, perhaps these might as well not have happened in the first place.
Lethe is a collection of collages, portraits, objects, and landscapes and drawn from Sylwia Kowalczyk’s own images, where these loose prints from her past grow into new entities.
‘Lethe’ won PDN Photo Annual 2016’s ‘Personal’ category and was shortlisted for The Renaissance Photography Prize with the accompanying exhibition at Getty Images Gallery in London. In 2017 the series was shown as Sylwia’s first solo show in the US in Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, Oregon and in November 2018 was invited to be a solo exhibition during European Month of Photography in Bratislava, Slovakia.
Preview: Friday 1 February 2019 Free tickets available here Lethe is the river that cleanses Dante in Purgatory, the one that wipes memories of the dead as they drink from it or bathe in it. The poet Sylvia Plath steps up from ‘the black car of Lethe, Pure as a baby’. It is an escape,
Preview: Friday 8th February 2019. Free tickets available here It is 40 years since Andrew Brown founded the 369 Gallery at 369 High street, Edinburgh in 1978 before moving to the Cowgate in 1984 and after the gallery was burnt down in the disastrous “great fire of Edinburgh” in 2002 it briefly resurrected as Phoenix
Exhibition Dates: Nemo Nonnenmacher Holly Drewett Library Gallery, 25 January – 8 March 2019 8:30-17:00 (Mon-Fri) 10:00-17:00 (Sat) 11:00-16:00 (Sun) Basement Galleries, 16 February – 8 March 2019 11:00-18:00 (Wed-Sun) Private View: Friday 1 March 2019, 18:00-21:00 Performances by Joshua Leon and Matthew Wilson on the evening of the Private View. The Same Tendency brings
Incidental Unit (IU) with artist Anthony Schrag host the first event of Incidental Futures (IF) programme, examining walking as a political and poetic act.