The continent of Europe is moving towards Africa at the rate of approximately 2cm per year – eventually it will slide underneath entirely. Paris-based Canadian artist Kapwani Kiwanga takes this fact as a starting point for a new multi-faceted installation at Tramway. Through new sculptural works Kiwanga suggests speculative fictions that stretch through a perspective of deep geological time.
The placement of curtains will suggest the meeting of tectonic planes, whilst additional elements incorporating rocks and matter will further probe the thematic currents underlying the work. Kiwanga has conceived the exhibition as a narrative ordered in three acts occupying the space. In this way the artworks become protagonists that operate as tectonic plates, independent but moving along one another – pushing closer or pulling away.
The exhibition will be accompanied by discussions and events devised in collaboration with the artist, offering opportunities for visitors to further expand on the themes it raises.
Comissioned by Glasgow International. Supported by Canada House, Institut Français’ Fluxus Programme, Fyfe Glenrock and the Henry Moore Foundation.
Fri 20 April – Sun 17 June
Mon – Sun, 12 noon-6pm
For his solo exhibition at Tramway, Turner Prize-winning artist Mark Leckey has taken inspiration from a small statuette of the biblical figure of Job on display in the Wellcome Collection in London. In the galleries, Leckey scales up the statue to gigantic proportions and converts the figure into a 7.1 surround sound audio system.
For the artist “All Sci-Fi begins with archaeology and from the various speakers embedded in the figures open wounds, the limbs form a chorus that sings the tale of the now emptied out body. Part Dalek, part Abandoned House, now merely a Thing amongst Things. The Spirit has departed the Flesh.”
This exhibition is co-commissioned by Glasgow International and Tramway. It has been made possible due to the generous support of the Wellcome Collection, London, and the Henry Moore Foundation.
Fri 20 April – Sun 15 July
Mon – Sun, 12noon-6pm
Dark Continent: SEMIRAMIS
Tai Shani creates a large-scale immersive installation that also functions as a site for performance. The work is an experimental adaptation of Christine de Pizan’s 1405 proto-feminist text The Book of the City of Ladies.
Twelve performers play characters, including The Neanderthal Hermaphrodite, The Medieval Mystic, The Vampyre, Phantasmagoregasm, and Paradise to create a 12 part performance series, depicting an allegorical city of women, a space to imagine an alternative history which privileges, sensation, experience and interiority, undermining patriarchal conceptions of narrative history to propose a possible post-patriarchal future.
The performances will take place on the opening three days of the festival, with the sequences filmed and the documentation subsequently presented alongside the installation.
Each episode focuses on one of the characters and is delivered through prose monologues which are violent, erotic and filled with fantastical images that re-imagine a world complete with interlinked cosmologies, myth and histories.
Drawing on multiple reference points including feminist science fiction, post-modern architecture, and feminist and queer theory, this is Shani’s most ambitious and multi-layered work to date and includes an original score by ‘Let’s Eat Grandma’.
Co-commissioned by Glasgow International and The Tetley, Leeds; with support from Arts Council England and the Henry Moore Foundation.
Fri 20 April – Mon 7 May
Mon – Sun, 12 noon-6pm