Pixelated artwork in turquoise by Camara Taylor.

Camara Taylor: backwash


This summer, Collective presents three new, distinct artist commissions across the City Observatory site and online.

Using the City Observatory site as a springboard, Collective’s programme considers the hidden histories and untold stories relating to our site and wider cultural history. Bringing together new work by Annette Krauss, Ruth Ewan, and Satellites participant Camara Taylor, their summer programme of solo exhibitions and related events reframes and questions complex figures, movements and systems whose legacies are woven into our collective cultural memory. All three projects have been developed with the artists, in some cases over a number of years, to explore how the legacies of the past can be reconsidered and re-presented to help us re-imagine the present and future.

Rooted in ideas of silt, slop and snap, backwash is an exhibition by Glasgow-based artist Camara Taylor, and forms part of Collective’s Satellites Programme.

Central to backwash is Camara’s ongoing conversation with Scottish waterways and a multi-century collection of considerable addresses, memorials, petitions, answers, proclamations, declarations, letters and other public papers.

Through the exhibition, Camara offers new video and mixed-media work recomposed from the sighs and groans of a sinking kingdom; a short-lived Company; several ports and a pistole.

Satellites is Collective’s development programme for creative practitioners based in Scotland. The 2021 participants are: Stephanie Black-Daniels, Mina Heydari-Waite, Katherine Ka Yi Liu 廖加怡, Joey Simons and Camara Taylor.

Collective’s Satellites Programme is supported by Baillie Gifford. backwash is supported by The Elephant Trust.

Camara Taylor: backwash


Camara Taylor



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