LUX & LUX Scotland present BL CK B X: Sarah Forrest, April

Wed 17 Oct–Sat 10 Nov 2018 / 12–4pm

LUX, Waterlow Park Centre, London

Breakfast opening: Wednesday 17 October, 9–10.30am
Opening event: Saturday 20 October, 2–5pm
Exhibition hours: Wednesdays – Saturdays, 12–4pm

LUX and LUX Scotland present a solo exhibition by Glasgow-based artist Sarah Forrest, featuring her new film April (2018) commissioned for the Margaret Tait Award, Scotland’s most prestigious moving image prize for artists.

April draws from Sarah Forrest’s research into second sight (An da shealladh, literally translated from Gaelic, means ‘the two sights’), a prophetic phenomenon particular to the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. To this subject, she brings questions pertinent to her wider creative practice that consider appearance, perception, doubt and belief. Set on the Isle of Lewis in the Western Isles of Scotland, the film performs through its cyclical structure and narrative slippages the sensation of being uncertain of what has been seen or heard.

April will be presented alongside a new companion film produced for the exhibition. This will be accompanied by a presentation of other films, videos, audio works, related publications and research materials selected by the artist. A newly commissioned text entitled Your eyes are full of hesitation by writer and critic Brian Dillon will be published on the occasion of the exhibition. A digital version of this document be viewed, and downloaded, here.

April was commissioned as part of the 2017/18 Margaret Tait Award, a Glasgow Film Festival commission supported by Creative Scotland and LUX Scotland.

Curated by Nicole Yip, Director of LUX Scotland, the exhibition is presented as a partnership between LUX and LUX Scotland, with additional support from the Hope Scott Trust.

Three public events will take place during April:

Breakfast Opening
Wednesday 17 October, 9–10.30am, LUX, London
A special breakfast viewing of the exhibition with artist Sarah Forrest and exhibition curator Nicole Yip (Director, LUX Scotland). Coffee, tea and pastries will be provided.

Exhibition Opening and Performance
Saturday 20 October, 2–5pm, LUX, London
Join us for drinks to celebrate the opening of the exhibition, with a performance and live readings by Sarah Forrest from 3pm.

The Second Sight Reading Group
Saturday 3 November, 2 – 4pm, LUX, London
Free, booking required

LUX and LUX Scotland present a reading group led by Elsa Richardson that will look at the narratives and structures of stories of second sight or An da shealladh. Literally translated from Gaelic as ‘the two sights’, An da shealladh is a prophetic phenomenon particular to the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, whereby certain individuals see and perceive future or distant events. For the Second Sight Reading Group, Richardson will bring together a selection of relevant texts from the 17th century to the present day. All texts will be provided on the day.

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BL CK B X is a monthly exhibition series of artists’ moving image in the LUX gallery space in Waterlow Park, Highgate.



Sarah Forrest, April, 2018. Courtesy of the artist and LUX.

About Sarah Forrest

Sarah Forrest is an artist based in Glasgow, whose creative practice incorporates video, writing, object making and installation that she presents in a variety of forms including gallery-based installations, single-screen presentations in cinemas or exhibitions, publications and performances. Solo exhibitions include: Again, it objects, Kunstraum Dusseldorf, Germany (2016); I Left it on Page 32, Supplement, London (2014); Two Solo Shows: Sarah Forrest and Mounira Al Sohl, CCA, Glasgow (2013). Recent group exhibitions include: Maintenant et Encore (with Linda Sanchez), 3 Bis F, Aix-en-Provence, France; Against Time, co-curated by Paula Zambrano and Sarah Strang for Glasgow International, Civic Room, Glasgow; Cabinet Interventions, Glasgow International, Pollok House, Glasgow (all 2018). She was the recipient of the 2017/18 Margaret Tait Award.