Associate Artist Programme

What happens to desire…

Curated by Tako Taal, Associate Artist
Chizu Anucha, Sequoia Barnes, Francis Dosoo, Thulani Rachia, Camara Taylor, Matthew Arthur Williams

We are delighted to collaborate with artist, film-maker and programmer Tako Taal, to present this series of artists’ projects for the 2021 commissions programme. 

At the heart of 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 themes, ideas and histories explored in Isaac Julien’s Lessons of the Hour, 2019, Tako Taal has invited 6 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 in 19th century Scotland speaking out about injustice, Tako Taal reflects on the tensions and vulnerability inherent in publicness. Through her invitation to the artists she asks about what was, and still is, demanded and desired.

Taal encapsulates the wealth of ideas and enquiries elaborate by invited artists in her compelling and concise précis: “With the transcript of a trial, a trip made to Naples, a portrait, a song and a melody composed whilst walking, six invited artists feel their way towards said and unsaid desires.”

What happens to desire…

Chizu Anucha
Slump, subside and other farewells
Online


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Sequoia Barnes
Gateway
Johnston Terrace Wildlife Garden


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Francis Dosoo
What is behind the Saint’s eyes, when they look through tears to the altar?
Calton Road Billboards

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Thulani Rachia
obuyile
St Giles


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Camara Taylor
holus bolus
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Matthew Arthur Williams
In guise of Land
Johnston Terrace Wildlife Garden

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Associate Artist Biography

Tako Taal is an artist-filmmaker and programmer living in Glasgow. At stake in her artistic practice are the psychic structures of colonial relations and the question of how vivid they remain in the present. Taal was a 2019 RAW Academy fellow at RAW Material Company, Dakar and Artist in Residence at Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, 2018-20. In 2020 her work was presented at Glasgow Short Film Festival, Tramway, Glasgow, Glasgow Women’s Library. Her work was part of the Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival, 2018. Other exhibitions include: Glasgow Women’s Library, 2019; Grand Union, Birmingham, 2018; CCA Glasgow, 2017; Galerie de l’UQAM, Montreal, 2017; Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, 2019; New Contemporaries, Royal Scottish Academy, 2016; Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, 2014. Taal was shortlisted for the 2021 Margaret Tait Award.

Supported by the Scottish Government’s Festivals Expo Fund and EventScotland. Our festival-led programme is kindly supported by the Patrons of our Commissioning Circle.