A solo exhibition by Scottish artist Graham Fagen opened on 24 February at the Galerie l’UQAM in Montreal, Canada and continues until 8 April 2017. The British Council in Scotland and Canada and Creative Scotland have been working to develop interest in Fagan’s work internationally through incoming curatorial visits and developing partnerships, which has resulted in this solo show in Montreal.
At the centre of the show is Fagen’s video and music-based installation, entitled The Slave’s Lament. This work was first presented at the Venice Biennale in 2015 as part of his exhibition for Scotland + Venice, of which the British Council is also a partner.
Alongside this exhibition, the Glasgow-based curatorial practice Mother Tongue have organised a programme of film, video and sound work. The programmes, entitled Afro-Scots, charts the work of five Black artists (Rayanne Bushell, Irineu Destourelles, Kapwani Kiwanga, Tako Taal and Alberta Whittle) who have lived, worked, exhibited and studied in Scotland. AfroScots is a relatively new term describing people of African and Caribbean descent in Scotland which has gained currency in the last decade. It is not a category assigned officially by the government, but rather a grassroots, informal identification.
Find out more Graham Fagen’s The Slave’s Lament and watch a film Fagen's exhibition in Venice: