10 Dumbreck Rd, Bellahouston, Glasgow G41 5BW
This exhibition was due to take place during Glasgow International 2020, 23 April – 10 May, which has been postponed due to the Covid-19 crisis. The festival will be re-staged in 2021 with dates to be announced.
false dawn invokes Scheherazade from the folktale ‘1001 Nights’ and imagines her as a radical disruptor who maps and obstructs the colonial matrix. In telling stories to survive a tyrant who would kill her at dawn, Scheherazade ensures her survival by pausing each tale and continuing the following evening.
Taking its name from a zodiacal light visible on the horizon before dawn, the exhibition proposes the tales – subsumed by Orientalism and encountered through a diasporic optic – as a vehicle for spatial and temporal disruption. false dawn takes creasing and folding as modes of rupture, through a living Scheherazade who performs collapse within the apparatus of disposability and maps divergence as a weapon to be deployed in the house of an enduring imperial imaginary.
Supported by Glasgow International