LUX Scotland and Scotland + Venice are delighted to announce the tour of Alberta Whittle’s ‘Lagareh – The Last Born’ to six venues across Scotland between 20 September 2022 and 1 March 2023. This new work was commissioned by Scotland + Venice and Forma for the 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia.
‘Lagareh’ – which translates from the Mandinka language as ‘The Last Born’ – is a work anchored around theories of abolition, rebellion, ancestral knowledge and love. Shot in Scotland, England, Barbados, Sierra Leone and Italy, the film melds a collection of scenes that give focus to the strength of contemporary Black womxn, whose individual acts of resistance are bound together through the artist’s conceptual storytelling. The artist situates Black love in proximity with historical sites of trauma, re-inscribed with rage, hope and exhaustion. Gestures, rituals and moments of intimacy are poignantly underpinned by a deep reflection on grief, loss and mourning, a resolute reminder of the trauma inflicted upon the Black body and of white privilege and power.
LUX Scotland’s screening tour programme will contextualise ‘Lagareh – The Last Born’, and situates the work in relation to anti-racist and pro-black advocacy, and Scotland’s historic connections to the Transatlantic slave trade. At each event two guest speakers will be invited to respond to a specific prompt, which aims to weave a thread between the concepts of memory, space, movement, resistance, sound, and storytelling.
The screening tour is supported by Art Fund.
Glasgow Film Theatre – Tuesday 20 September 2022
Eden Court, Inverness – Thursday 27 October 2022
Mareel, Shetland Arts, Lerwick – Sunday 27 November 2022
Belmont Filmhouse, Aberdeen – Wednesday 25 January 2023
Broadford Village Hall in partnership with ATLAS Arts, Isle of Skye – Saturday 11 February 2023
Ayr Town Hall in partnership with South Ayrshire Council Museums and Galleries – Wednesday 1 March 2023
All screenings are free to attend, but ticketed.
Wheelchair accessible tickets will be available.
The film is captioned and all discussions will be live captioned.
Booking information, event synopsis, and access information for each venue will be announced in the near future.
Image description: A film still from ‘Lagareh – The Last Born’. We see a Black womxn wearing a white sweater, a multi-coloured kilt and white and black boots. She is standing in a grassy field: her shoulders are raised and holding two machetes. In the background, there is an eighteenth-century folly and a simple fence with timber posts and metal netting. The sky is blue and there are no clouds.
Alberta Whittle (she/her) b. 1980 Bridgetown, Barbados. She lives and works in Glasgow. Alberta has been based in Scotland since moving here to study firstly at Edinburgh College of Art and later on the Master of Fine Arts programme at The Glasgow School of Art. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Edinburgh and Research Associate at The University of Johannesburg.
Alberta was awarded a Turner Bursary, the Frieze Artist Award and a Henry Moore Foundation Artist Award in 2020. She was the Margaret Tait Award winner for 2018/19. Her work has been acquired by major public collections including the National Galleries of Scotland, Glasgow Museums Collections and the Contemporary Art Research Collection at Edinburgh College of Art, as well as by other private collections.
Selected solo exhibitions and presentations include: The British Art Show 9 (2021 – 22), Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh (2021), Liverpool Biennale (2021), Art Night London (2021), Glasgow International (2021), Grand Union, Birmingham (2020) and Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee (2019). Selected group exhibitions include: Life Between Islands Caribbean: British Art 1950s to Now, Tate Britain (2021 – 22), and those held at Hessel Museum of Art, New York (2021), Fotografiska, New York (2021), Kunstal Trondheim, Norway (2021), Gothenburg Biennale (2021), The Lisson Gallery, London (2021), MIMA Middlesborough (2021), Remai Modern, Saskatoon, Canada (2021), Eastside Projects, Birmingham (2020), Edinburgh Printmakers, Edinburgh (2019) and the 13th Havana Biennial, Cuba (2019).
The full presentation of ‘deep dive (pause) uncoiling memory’ at La Biennale di Venezia will return to Scotland and be exhibited with other works by Alberta at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, opening in spring 2023.
Scotland + Venice is a major, international project designed to promote the best of contemporary art and architecture from Scotland on the world stage. Founded in 2003 the project supports the development of new work, fosters international connections and exchange, and positions Scotland as a vibrant place for creative and culture production. Scotland + Venice is a partnership between Creative Scotland, British Council Scotland, National Galleries of Scotland, Architecture and Design Scotland, V&A Dundee and the Scottish Government.
Glasgow Film is an educational charity which runs Glasgow Film Theatre (GFT), Scotland’s original independent arthouse cinema and the home of film in Glasgow; Glasgow Film Festival (GFF), one of the UK’s leading public celebrations of cinema; and Glasgow Youth Film Festival (GYFF), a fast-growing international three-day festival co-curated by teenage film-lovers in the city. Glasgow Film is also the lead organisation for Film Hub Scotland, a membership organisation that supports more than 200 exhibitors across the country.
Eden Court is Scotland’s largest combined arts organisation. Eden Court is committed to presenting a wide and varied programme of music, drama, dance, comedy and film and a range of arts education and participation opportunities to appeal to all residents of the Highlands and visitors to the area. Eden Court is the home to the Inverness Film Festival, which is celebrating its 20th edition in 2020.
The purpose of Shetland Arts is to place the arts at the heart of Shetland, to educate, promote, support and develop the practice and enjoyment of the arts by all. Shetland Arts run Mareel and the Garrison Theatre in Lerwick and Bonhoga Gallery in Weisdale, and promote a year-round programme of music, craft, theatre, literature, visual arts, dance and film events. Opened in 2012,
Mareel is the UK’s most northerly music, cinema and creative industries centre. Situated on the historic Hay’s Dock quayside in Lerwick beside the Shetland Museum and Archives, Mareel offers a stunning setting for performance, production, studying or just relaxing with a coffee enjoying the view.
Belmont Filmhouse is Aberdeen’s foremost independent cinema situated at the heart of the city. With fan-favourites, new releases and global features regularly on the programme, the Belmont is widely renowned for celebrating cinema in all its brilliance and diversity.
Since April 2014, it has been operated by the Centre for the Moving Image – alongside Filmhouse and Edinburgh International Film Festival – the registered charity that aims to transform lives through the watching, making and understanding of film.
ATLAS Arts organises collective art projects across Skye, Raasay and Lochalsh – on the North West coast of Scotland. We work with artists and local residents to have conversations that are rooted in this place and this time, through a programme of long-term projects, screenings, residencies, meals, workshops and sharings.
We work with art in different ways – from smaller, quieter gatherings, to bigger, celebratory events and performances. We pay attention to the social, political and global significance of these conversations and the building of communities in between.
South Ayrshire Council Museums and Galleries care for and manage the collections of South Ayrshire Council, which were acquired by the former Burghs of Troon, Ayr, Girvan, Prestwick and Maybole, Belleisle House and the Tam o’ Shanter Museum in Ayr. The collection consists of fine art, social, industrial & civic history, natural history, geology & paleontological collections. The Museums and Galleries team work to make these collections as accessible as possible, incorporating them into the programme of changing exhibitions at both Rozelle House, Ayr, and the McKechnie Institute, Girvan, and other council and partner venues.
LUX Scotland and Scotland + Venice tour of Alberta Whittle’s ‘Lagareh – The Last Born’ to six venues across Scotland.