LUX Scotland and Scotland + Venice are pleased to host a screening of ‘Lagareh – The Last Born’ at Eden Court in Inverness, the second event of a screening tour that brings the work to six venues across Scotland between 20 September 2022 – 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.
The screening will be followed by a conversation between curator and researcher Cat Dunn, and historian and author David Alston. The concept of ‘space’’ – geographic, political, imaginativel – will provide an interpretive frame for this discussion, to weave connections between the artist’s practice, anti-racist and pro-black advocacy, and Scotland’s historic connections to the Transatlantic slave trade.
Content note: this film and discussion will contain references to racism, chattel slavery, and police brutality.
The film is captioned and the discussion will be live captioned.
There will be a short interval between the film screening and the discussion.
For more information on venue accessibility please see the access section of Eden Court’s website here.
Image description: a Black womxn wearing a red dress and beaded necklace stands in the centre of the image, holding the gaze of the viewer. Gripped in her right fist is a machete, which glints in the sunshine. The palm of her left hand is open as it steadies the tool. Behind her there are green foliage, and red and pale yellow flowers, which grow over a stone wall. The sky is blue, with three white clouds.
Cat Dunn is a curator and researcher. Underpinning all Dunn’s projects is the pressing need to create dialogue about social identity. Her work therefore engages potentially divisive subjects such as colonialism, slavery, racism and feminism, with openness and clarity.
Dunn holds a BA (hons) in Jewellery Design and a Masters with Distinction in Curatorial Practice both from Glasgow School of Art. She is currently a doctoral candidate at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, researching identity, otherness and belonging in contemporary art of Black women artists working in Britain. Her previous curation projects include Harbinger and the section Hair Discrimination as part of The Hair Show at The Horniman Museum, London, and NOWYOUSEEUS
Born and brought up in the Highlands of Scotland, David Alston is a freelance historian and author who has been a youth worker in Toxteth (Liverpool), a schoolteacher in Wallsend (Tyneside), and (in the Highlands of Scotland) an adult education organiser, a museum curator, a local authority councillor, and chair of an NHS Board. For 25 years he has been researching the role of northern Scots in the slave-worked plantations of the Caribbean, especially Guyana. He is the author of Slaves and Highlanders: Silenced Histories of Scotland and the Caribbean (EUP, 2021) and a number of peer-reviewed articles published in academic journals. For further details go to davidalston.info
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.
LUX Scotland and Scotland + Venice tour of Alberta Whittle’s ‘Lagareh – The Last Born’ to six venues across Scotland.