Silverlens Gallery Manila
What shapes our present? How much should we forget, and how much should be remembered? How do traumas scar our bodies and minds throughout time and space, influencing who we are—both as individuals and as a society?
All these questions are at the heart of Jet Pascua’s latest solo exhibition, entitled Transference. In psychoanalysis, transference can refer to the redirection of traumatic emotions onto a substitute, most often the psychoanalyst himself/herself. In the psychoanalytic work of Françoise Davoine and Jean-Max Gaudillière1, transference denotes the passing on of the experience of social catastrophes from generation to generation. Thus, at the intersection between historical events and personal stories of trauma lie deep, invisible scars that influence the destiny of entire families and nations.