Genieve Figgis: Imaginary Friends

A selection of never-before-seen paintings by Genieve Figgis.

Humans are resolutely social animals.  Yet it takes an unprecedented global pandemic—with its attendant dictates to keep our distance from others—for us to acknowledge our primordial need for group belonging. Whether school classes, social clubs, worker’s unions, circles of friends, crowds at the bar, or the momentary communion of a dinner party, our collective affiliations are integral for the formation of group identification, generating our sense of security and social power.  Sigmund Freud defined the social masses as “temporary entities consisting of heterogeneous elements that have joined together for a moment.” Forced into social isolation as part of urgent public health strictures, we mourn the loss of this feeling part of the mass, we are wistful for the days when we could count on safety in numbers, and we long for an identity that is completed by our friends—whether real or imagined. As Oscar Wilde wrote in De Profondis—his poetic lamentation of his fall from grace, composed in solitary confinement at Reading Gaol, “Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.”

As part of Mayfair Art Weekend, the gallery will be open until 8pm on Friday, December 4th.

Duration 19 November 2020 - 19 December 2020
Times Tuesday — Saturday, from 10:00 to 18:00
Cost free
Venue Almine Rech Gallery
Address Grosvenor Hill, Broadbent House, London, W1K 3JH
Contact 4402072873644 / /

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