Saoirse Amira Anis, 'Holding Barzakh', Online Commission

Image credit: Saoirse Amira Anis, 2022.

LUX Scotland is happy to announce a new online commission by Saoirse Amira Anis, Holding Barzakh’ (2022) will be available to view online from Thursday 15 September, until Thursday 17 November, on the LUX Scotland website with an online discussion event in early November.

In the work Anis taps into her dual heritage by using materials and plants from Moroccan and Scottish cuisines to explore rituals of sharing, and the generosity of love provided by the hands.

This work formed part of Anis’ presentation at Platform: 2022 as part of Edinburgh Art Festival.

Saoirse Amira Anis (b. Lanark, Scotland) is based in Dundee. In her work, Saoirse explores the relationships between materials, memories, and the essential movement that runs through everything. She is also the curator of Miss(ing) Information, recently at Perth Museum and Art Gallery, an exhibition that features the work of Tayo Adekunle, Nkem Okwechime, Tako Taal and Natasha Ruwona. Since graduating Saoirse has completed residencies at Cove Park, Argyll and Bute, Hospitalfield in Arbroath, and Collemacchia, with the Museum of Loss and Renewal. She was a committee member at GENERATORprojects 2018 – 2021. Recent projects include: Jupiter Rising, 2021; A Lesson in Vanity, David Dale Gallery and Lux Scotland, July 2021; We Can Still Dance, Jupiter Artland, as part of the Black Lives Matter Mural Trail, Edinburgh Art Festival (2020; GEN-TRS, The Royal Standard, Liverpool (2020), and Echo, in response Alberta Whittle’s How Flexible Can We Make the Mouth, DCA, Dundee (2019).

Image description: A hand holds a bright yellow flower, while an off-screen second hand holds a scissors which is about to the cut the flower from its stem. In the background, out of focus, is a large bush which is abundant with the same bright yellow flowers.

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