Artist, filmmaker and programmer Tako Taal’s practice is an examination of the psychic structures of colonial relations, and the question of how vividly they remain in the present. Responding to the festival’s invitation to reflect on some of the themes, ideas and histories explored in Isaac Julien’s Lessons of the Hour, Tako Taal has invited six new commissions for public and digital spaces exploring ideas of resistance, freedom, activism, representation and the power of the image.
In thinking about Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) and his travels and activism in 19th century Scotland speaking out about injustice, Tako Taal reflects on the tensions and vulnerability inherent in publicness.
This online event brought all six artists together – Chizu Anucha, Sequoia Barnes, Francis Dosoo, Thulani Rachia, Camara Taylor and Matthew Arthur Williams – for the first time in conversation with artist and programmer Tako Taal to talk about the feelings and ideas behind their projects for ‘What happens to desire…’.
Together they discussed the tensions and vulnerability inherent in publicness and what was and still is, demanded and desired.
Supported by the Scottish Government’s Festivals Expo Fund and EventScotland. Our Commissions Programme is kindly supported by the Patrons of our Commissioning Circle