Children’s Commission 2015: Rivane Neuenschwander

The Name of Fear

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    Children’s Commission: Rivane Neuenschwander. Photo: Stephen White

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    Children’s Commission: Rivane Neuenschwander, ‘Two headed monster’ cape, Designed during children’s ‘fears’ workshop with  Rivane Neuenschwander and Laura X Carle, Photo Richard Eaton

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    image credit ©Richard Eaton

  • The Name of Fear_web_photo Justyna Fedec (1)

Past Exhibition

This exhibition was on Until 25th October

Children’s Commission 2015
Rivane Neuenschwander

23 June – 25 October 2015

Brazilian artist Rivane Neuenschwander’s (b. 1967) new installation explores childhood fears, in a display of vibrant handmade capes that combines elements of drawing, textiles, design, performance and writing.

The artist worked with children aged 7 to 9 from across London to gather a collection of fears – ranging from ‘heights’ and ‘bees’, to ‘strangers’ and ‘nightmares’, and the more abstract ‘silence’.

Neuenschwander has translated the children’s drawings and texts into fabric cape designs. Associated with protection and supernatural power, the capes also echo the artists’ interest in folk traditions, children’s literature, nature, psychoanalysis, and in the rich history of modern art in her native country.


Rivane Neuenschwander: In Conversation
Thu 16 Jul, 7pm

Prompted by ideas arising from the Children’s Commission, Rivane Neuenschwander discusses her interest in psychoanalysis, childhood, and performativity with psychoanalyst Anouchka Grose.



Watch and Listen

Rivane Neuenschwander discusses her Whitechapel Gallery Children’s Commission ‘The Name of Fear’.

Whitechapel Gallery Schools Workshop25.3.15©Richard Eaton 07778 395888


Pupils from Osmani Primary School and Columbia Road Primary School wear Rivane Neuenschwander’s capes and tell us about the fears that inspired the work.

Family Trail

During the exhibition, find a fun resource designed by artist Laura X. Carle at the Information desk, designed to help families to explore the Children’s Commission together.

Explore the exhibition with the Activity Trail and transform your fears into a paper cape.

Find Out More

Read the press release here

Read the interpretation panel here