The Scotland + Venice partnership is delighted to announce, Graham Fagen, one of the most influential artists working in Scotland today, will present an entirely new body of work, including sculptures, drawings and a five channel audio-visual installation, commissioned and curated by Hospitalfield in Arbroath.
The exhibition will be held at Palazzo Fontana, a Venetian palace located on the Grand Canal in the Cannaregio district of Venice. This is the first time the venue will be used for an exhibition of visual art and is a new location within the city for Scotland + Venice.
Coming together with Graham for this project was engraved on the path of ‘destiny’... I think we played our roles well.Musician, Ghetto Priest
Throughout Fagen’s career as an artist he has regularly incorporated elements of his own national, cultural and social identity within his work.
Fagen will use the 16th century Venetian palace as an historic backdrop for his presentation, choreographing across four rooms of the palazzo to create a path through which visitors can effectively become performers within the piece.
Drawing on his long-term commitment to collaboration across multiple art forms and disciplines, Fagen will bring together internationally renowned composer Sally Beamish, the musicians of Scottish Ensemble, reggae singer and musician Ghetto Priest and music producer Adrian Sherwood to realise an ambitious installation.
Sally Beamish, composer, said: “I am extremely excited to be collaborating with Graham Fagen on such a significant moment in his career. Our collaboration highlights the impact Scottish folk song has had on both of us – and I am honoured to take part in this extraordinary opportunity with so many inspirational artists and musicians.”
Musician, Ghetto Priest, said: “Coming together with Graham for this project was engraved on the path of ‘destiny’... I think we played our roles well.”
An illustrated publication which documents the breadth of Fagen’s career, including his presentation for Scotland + Venice 2015, will be published by Hospitalfield to coincide with the opening of the exhibition in Venice. The catalogue includes contributions from Penelope Curtis, Director of Tate Britain, and Katrina Brown, Director of The Common Guild, alongside an interview with Scottish novelist Louise Welsh and Graham Fagen, with an introduction from Lucy Byatt, Director of Hospitalfield. Graham Fagen, artist selected for Scotland + Venice 2015, said: “The Venice Biennale offers an exciting platform to showcase my work in a truly international context. I am honoured to have been recognised and chosen by the Scotland + Venice partnership to participate in Scotland’s presentation at this year’s Biennale. Having their support has enabled me to work collaboratively with the renowned composer Sally Beamish and to rekindle my long term collaborations with producer Adrian Sherwood and the fantastic vocals of Ghetto Priest.”
SCOTTISH EVENTS PROGRAMME: April 23, 2015, 18:30 – 20:30: artist’s talk with Graham Fagen at Hospitalfield, Arbroath
May 20, 2015, 18:30 – 20:30: artist’s talk with Graham Fagen at the National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh
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