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«Children's game: a study of adolescence»Talks about contemporary works of art from the Kemper Museum's permanent collection in a conversation with concepts put forward by the neurologist and founder of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud (Austrian, 1856–1939). Freud suggested that people can trace their compulsion in childhood. Based on this idea, "Children's Game" explores the artistic images of children, their relationships with others and with the world.

Artists Nathaniel Donnett and Nicholas Pryor see Freud as an inspiration for their projects. Using the stage of the playing field as a decoration for his collage work Freudianslipslideintodarkisms (2011), Donnett highlights how childhood memories and experiences can directly influence our individuality in adulthood. "Nameless No. 46" (2004) and "No. 26" (2005) of Priora are based on Freud's idea that an adult cannot accurately access memories of childhood as they were originally experienced.

The artists at this exhibition depict the experience of children from different points of view, which then reflect the world. In her photographic work, Julie Blackmon shows real and imagined aspects of her family life, capturing moments when children cry, revealing a feeling of a hectic home environment. Arthur Tress superimposes the images of children on the images of games, schools and classes, again offering the Freudian concept that his adult self cannot exactly recall the feelings that he initially experienced as a child. Artist Kodjo Griffin relies on his childhood psychological training to emphasize children's relationships, perhaps referring to Freud's “doubling” concept - self-love and narcissism found in children - in Untitled (2000).

"Children's game" brings together art and social sciences to attract viewers in various ways that artists depict childhood.