Glasgow International 2020

Michelle Hannah

Michelle Hannah (b. Alexandria, Scotland) is an artist, performer and lecturer in performance on the MLitt program at the Glasgow School of Art. She uses a musical guise to engage, entice and detach equally with a strong sense of a post – digital romanticism mixed with the dark matter of pop. Namely in the roles which image, sound and performance can be used as an outlet, to understand – in her own finite way – emerging technologies, cosmic pessimism, the anthropocene and new ontologies of ‘human’ identity in a non corporeal world.

Exhibitions and performances include: Talbot Rice Gallery, NGCA Sunderland, HOME Manchester, CGP London, ZKU Berlin, DCA Dundee, CCA Glasgow, Summerhall Edinburgh, Minsheung Art Museum Shanghai, Mackintosh Gallery GSA Glasgow, Room 113 Newcastle, The Royal Standard Liverpool, Res. Gallery London, QPRC Glasgow, ESW Edinburgh, Vetlanda Museum Sweden, TULCA Festival Galway, Hidden Door Edinburgh and Dresden Film Festival.

She is a member of the collective Opera Autonoma (founded by artist Craig Mulholland) was part of Generation 25 at Talbot Rice Gallery in 2014 and nominated for the Margaret Tait award in 2013.

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Michelle Hannah



Keener is a new durational performance and exhibition by Michelle Hannah, exploring the thematic tropes found in Italian poet Giacomo Leopardi, cosmic pessimism, the materiality of fashion/corporate events, post-digital beliefs and the Irish tradition of ‘keeners’.

The term ‘keener’ references women hired to sing at funeral wakes as a vocal form of mourning. Through this exhibition this analogy is used to grieve the Anthropocene; to lament, entice, and detach. Photography, soundscapes, video and theatrical apocalyptic aesthetics combine to provide a decadent sculptural ambience.

Supported by Glasgow International, Inhouse and Creative Scotland.

Fri 20 – Sun 29 April
Thu – Sun, 12-5pm (Performance daily at 3pm)

Thu 3 – Mon 7 May
Thu – Mon, 12-5pm (Performance daily at 3pm)

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