LUX Scotland and Mother Tongue present AfroScots at ECA

14 February 2018

Main Building, West Court, Edinburgh College of Art

Tako Taal, you know it but it don't know you, 2017. Courtesy of the artist.

AfroScots is a screening programme of moving image and sound encompassing the work of Black artists, who have – in the present and historically – lived, worked or studied in Scotland. The programme takes the relatively new term, AfroScots, as a means to draw a line around a group of practitioners working across three generations. Through bringing work by Irineu Destourelles, Maud Sulter, Camara Taylor, Tako Taal and Alberta Whittle into the same space and in dialogue with one another, the programme aims to open up new understandings and readings of the works, and the potential shared ground between them.

The process of curating the programme has attempted to recoup works, whilst also being a context to which some of the participating artists have chosen to respond to with new work. In common, the selected works express the negotiation of new and in-flux identities, with shared themes of interpersonal relationships and language. Moreover, the programme seeks to open-up discussions around the diversity of the arts in Scotland, and to ask questions around presence and visibility.

Following the screening, Tiffany Boyle from Mother Tongue will be in conversation with artist Alberta Whittle and musician Cass Ezeji.

The venue has step free access.

AfroScots is curated by Mother Tongue and was developed in 2017 with support from Galerie de l’UQAM and the British Council Canada. It is presented at Edinburgh College of Art in partnership with ECA’s Global Contemporary Research Group and with the kind support of British Council Scotland and the Hope Scott Trust.

Mother Tongue

Mother Tongue is a research-led, independent curatorial practice working locally and internationally, formed in 2009 by Tiffany Boyle and Jessica Carden. Since then, they have collaboratively produced exhibitions, film programmes, discursive events, essays and publications, working with galleries, museums, archives, festivals and national organisations. Mother Tongue’s practice in exhibition-making intersects with research interests – including, but not limited to – post-colonialism, language, translation, heritage, race, indigenousness, migration, and movement.