Mark Lyken & Allana James, 'Waiting for The Buff to Rub Me Out'

1 — 31 July 2023

Mark Lyken & Allana James, ‘Waiting for The Buff to Rub Me Out’, 2020.

A fictionalised portrait that captures the rituals and obstacles that Shadow, a Scottish trans femme graffiti writer, experiences in the making of her Wildstyle graffiti.

Mark Lyken

Mark Lyken (he/​him) is a film & sound artist based in rural Dumfriesshire, Scotland.

Mark has developed a personal and distinct approach to filmmaking. Embedding himself within communities, he builds relationships with individuals and works collaboratively to cultivate scenes that empower those on-screen on their own terms.

Inspired by hybrid and experimental approaches, Mark’s work forefronts portraiture, place, rhythms and routines.


Allana James

Allana James (she/​they) is a visual artist and DJ based in Dundee.

Working mainly in painting and sculpture, her work focuses on colour, emotion and space, using techniques gained through her background in graffiti. Allana co-runs GLOSS A Queer Clubnight Experience’.

Image description: A still shows a character wearing a black hoodie sat with her back to the sofa looking down. She has a sharp blonde hair cut and pink eye make up and is bathed in pink neon light.


Captions & Audio Description by Collective Text in conversation with the artist

Captions: Daniel Hughes & Emilia Beatriz
Caption Consultation: Ciaran Stewart
Audio Description Script: Sandra Alland
Audio Description voiceover: Callie Gardner

Closed Captions

Audio Described