Alberta Whittle
business as usual: hostile environment

business as usual: hostile environment is a new body of work by artist Alberta Whittle that explores the colonial history of the Forth and Clyde canal and the role of waterways in the voluntary and involuntary movement of people. Whittle has produced a new film and a series of audio works intended to be listened to as people go along the Forth and Clyde canal, in their own time and at their own pace. There is also an online screening programme which brings together Whittle’s new film with works by Zinzi Minott, Rhea Storr, and Niloo Sharifi and L8 residents.

Whittle’s new works are informed by collective thinking, making and discussion with Glasgow-based artists, writers, communities and community leaders, including Councillor Graham Campbell, Carnival Arts, Francis Dosoo, Maryhill Integration Network’s Joyous Choir, Julie Murray, Adebusola Ramsay, Rema Zeka Sherifi and Anastasia Maria Tariq.

The works reflect on waterways as sites of renewal and regeneration – focusing our attention on how the architecture of the city continues to shape and impact communities and our understandings of austerity, poverty, race and class.

The project was originally begun in 2019. While ‘business as usual’ may now seem impossible, Whittle’s work is a reminder that we are not experiencing a singular crisis but the warp and weft of multiple and enduring crises: racist and imperial immigration policies and violent austerity ‘measures’ are very much still at work.

Outdoor screenings of Alberta Whittle’s business as usual: hostile environment are available on:

Fri – Sun, 11 – 13 June
Fri – Sun, 18 – 20 June
Fri – Sun, 25 – 27 June

Commissioned by Glasgow Sculpture Studio’s Learning and Engagement Programme

This project is made possible through partnerships with Carnival Arts, Glasgow International and Maryhill Integration Network.

Supported by EventScotland in celebration of the Year of Coasts and Waters 20/21, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Glasgow Connected Arts Network, Glasgow City Council, The National Lottery Heritage Fund and The Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Website: www.glasgowsculpturestudios.org

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