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Winnicott’s Angels and Mannocci’s Clouds A psychoanalytic reflection on The Annunciation. A lecture by Jan Abram

18.04.2015 at 6 pm

Published at:09.04.2015

On Saturday 18 April at 6 pm, come to the lecture by Jan Abram on contemporary iconography of the Annunciation in the context of Donald W. Winnicott’s theories. The event will take place as part of the series Psychoanalysis and Art organised by MOCAK Education Department in conjunction with the Polish Psychoanalytical Association.

‘The Annunciation’ plays a major theme in the work of the Italian artist Lino Mannocci. The psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott focuses on the mother-infant dyad and shows how this early relationship forms the Self. Ordinary devotion by a good-enough mother facilitates primary creativity in the baby from the beginning of life. These Winnicottian concepts, central to clinical psychoanalysis, are also pertinent to the themes emanating from Mannocci’s writings and paintings.

With reference to a selection of ancient  woodcuts and engravings of The Annunciation that inspired Mannocci’s recent monotypes, this talk will reflect on the parallels between clinical psychoanalysis and the artist’s creative endeavour. Thus, the aim of the talk is to illuminate some hidden elements in The Annunciation related to the unconscious and the emotional development of each individual.

Jan Abram, PhD, is an English psychoanalyst in private practice in London. She is a Training and Supervising Analyst of the British Psychoanalytical Society. Amongst other publications, she is the author of The Language of Winnicott (1996; 2007) and editor of Donald Winnicott Today (2013).

The lecture will be delivered in English, with Polish translation available.

Participation free. Limited places. Please pre-book at: jarzynska@mocak.pl or by telephone: (+48) 12 263 40 29.