Sandra White MSP visited Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow on Thursday 1st August and viewed the current exhibition and met Curator Katie Bruce and the GoMA Youth Group.
The current exhibition, Disorient by Fiona Tan is an impressive two-screen video installation that fills Gallery 1 at GoMA. It combines a fictional staged scene, documentary footage, and spoken word to explore complex historical identities, cultural perceptions and truths about the world we live in.
The work was first shown in GoMA in 2012. In the ten years since this work was made, the possibilities to connect through digital communications have increased. However, global politics have shifted to the right, leading to a greater intolerance of the ‘other’. Within this heightened access to information it becomes more important to separate facts from fiction in the news about past and current politics, cultural identities, migration and climate change.
In re-presenting the work in 2019 the layers of discourse that Tan has distilled into this work remind us that we live in a rich, complex world and historical memories, stories and perceptions have an impact on how we live together.
Also, On 25th July 2019, Glasgow Museums announced the acquisition of 14 works by female artists, addressing the gender balance within the city’s collection. Curator Katie Bruce was able to tell Sandra more about the local and international artists whose works were purchased.
Sandra was then introduced to GoMA’s Youth Group, who meet once a week. The group is made up of people in their early 20’s who come from a range of backgrounds and play a key part in ensuring that young people’s voices are heard in the context of the gallery programming. They have started to put together their own events and, at the meeting, Sandra was able to hear them discuss the plan for their next exhibition in February 2020 and find out what’s involved in putting on an exhibition of contemporary art.